Miller, Fred D., 1942-

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Miller, Fred D., 1942-

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Fred D. Miller was born in Seattle, Washington, in 1942. His family came to Portland, Oregon, when he was six months old. He attended Willamette University for one year, then Portland State University, graduating in 1964. He then pursued his doctorate at Michigan State University, where he studied economic development. He completed his dissertation in 1967 and took a teaching job at Oregon State University in order to avoid the draft. While teaching at OSU, he met his first wife, Janet, and they were married soon after. He began his involvement in Oregon politics as special assistant to the director of the Oregon Department of Transportation in 1973. He then became the director of the Oregon Department of Energy in 1976. He returned to the Department of Transportation as its assistant director in 1979, then served as director from 1982 to 1987. He later became an executive at Portland General Electric. He married Karla Wenzel around 1990. Most recently, he was chief administrative officer of the city of Portland.


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