Colonel John Grider Miller, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), managing editor of Proceedings from 1985 to 2000, died at his home in Annapolis, Maryland, on 31 August. He was 74.
His tenure at Proceedings covered a pivotal 15 years in contemporary history, especially within the realm of national security affairs: Oliver North testified before Congress on the Iran-Contra Affair; forces were marshaled in the Persian Gulf for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; and Americans learned global geography the hard way, through overseas missions in Somalia, Haiti, the Balkans, and a half-dozen other garden spots in between.
In his editorial role, John was a key figure in putting such actions into context, along with refereeing vigorous debates on doctrine, tactics, and weapon systems, among other issues.
John was a renaissance man. A crackerjack high school baseball player, he later held leadership positions in Civitans and the Military Order of World Wars. In his spare time, he sang in the church choir.