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'''Roderick Luke Miller''', known as '''Rod Miller''' (October 20, 1924 -- January 15, 2005), was a Lafayette attorney and a pioneer in the development of the Republican Party in Louisiana. He was the third Republican since Reconstruction to be elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives and the first ever from Lafayette Parish, now one of the stronger Republican-leaning parishes in the state. Miller served half of a legislative term from 1966-1968. He was a member of the Republican State Central Committee and the Lafayette Parish Republican Executive Committee. Prior to his death, he had received his party's "Lifetime Service Award."
Miller was born in Reddell in Evangeline Parish to Cleophas Miller (1888-1971), a railroad employee, and the former Isabelle Michot (1895-1975). Miller graduated from Vidrine High School in Evangeline Parish and then served in World War II in the Army Air Force as a navigator onB-29's. He was reactivated as a first lieutenant during the Korean War. Between the two wars, Miller graduated in 1947 from the institution now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (then Southwestern Louisiana Institute). He then graduated in 1949 from Loyola University Law School in New Orleans.
Miller practiced law in Lafayette with Charles DeBaillon in the firm of DeBaillon and Miller. He ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for a judgeship.
"He was a good man. He had high ethics, and he was a good lawyer. His word was his bond. You could trust him completely. He left a good heritage. He will be missed. He was one of those who brought the Republican Party into a viable position in Lafayette Parish," Mouton said on the death of his friend and former political opponent.
In addition to Kiwanis and Knights of Columbus, Miller was a member of the Carmelite Men's Guild, the American Legion, and was active in the Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Acadiana Barbershop Chorus and the Four Fathers Quartet. His interest in the preservation of his native French language led Miller, a widower, to meet his second wife, Jane Brinkhaus Gaiennie Miller.
Miller was preceded in death by his first wife, Clemencia "Clemy" Clotworthy Miller, infant daughter, Mary Evangeline Miller, and a sister.
Miller's hometown newspaper, the ''Lafayette Daily Advertiser'', issued this editorial on his death:
''Lafayette Daily Advertiser'', detailed Miller obituary, January 17, 2005
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