Alan Miller (b. 1939)

Alan Miller was born in 1939 to Harold and Edith (Ottenheimer) Miller. The Miller family had been in Oregon since 1886 when Henry Miller started Miller’s Hat Company, which became Miller’s Clothing Company, and then Miller’s For Men. The store closed in 1987 after 100 years in business in several locations in downtown Portland. Alan’s grandfather, Alex Miller, was very active in the community and was president of Congregation Ahavai Sholom.  He was also secretary of Beth Israel when Alan’s maternal grandfather, Henry Ottenheimer, was president. Alan’s mother Edith Frank Miller’s family came from Germany. Her grandmother, Emma Marks Frank, and her father, Henry Ottenheimer, rode horseback through the Isthmus of Panama selling merchandise and working their way to the coast and eventually to San Francisco. Alan has been involved in both the Jewish and the secular community since his retirement, continuing a long family tradition.