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USTA/Midwest Hall of Famer Dan Miller Passes Away

Dan Miller | USTA/Midwest Hall of Fame '06

Dan Miller, age 98, was from Cleveland Heights, Ohio.  After earning his college degrees, Dan joined the Navy and became the Commanding Officer of a landing craft infantry ship.  He made six trips carrying troops across the English Channel on D-Day. 

Post WWII Dan built a life for himself and his family in Ohio, settling in Mentor where they lived for over 50 years.  Dan built his own business, Dan Miller Heating Company, and he and his wife were founding members of the East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church.  Dan eventually retired in 1980, after which he became very involved in tennis.

In retirement, Dan was a well-recognized national and international senior tennis player, competing until the age of 90.  In 1996 he was ranked number one in the 80s age division.  He won numerous national titles, including the Hard Court and Grass Court Doubles Championship titles in 2006.  Dan helped establish the USTA/Midwest Section Senior Team Championships held every year.  At the District level, Dan served as Northeastern Ohio Tennis Association (NEOTA) Tennis Committee Chairman from 1988-1991.  He was a recipient of the NEOTA Herb Nold Volunteer of the Year Award in 1989.  Dan wrote many articles on senior tennis for USTA Magazine and Super Senior Tennis publications.  He also played a key role in promoting various tennis formats in senior tournaments including pro-sets and round robins.

Dan was a member of the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the USTA/Midwest Section Hall of Fame in 2006.