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About Pendleton & Elisabeth Miller


Pendleton MillerPendleton Miller was descended from a pioneer Northwest family that played a prominent role in the settlement of the region. He attended Yale University and received his law degree from the University of Washington. After attaining the rank of captain in the United States Army during WW II, he practiced law, becoming a senior partner in the law firm of Lane Powell Moss and Miller (now Lane Powell Spears Lubersky). His many civic activities included serving as president of the Seattle Municipal League, the Men’s University Club, and the Seattle Golf Club, and serving on the boards of the Ryther Child Center and the Washington State Historical Society.

Elisabeth Carey MillerElisabeth Carey Miller was born in Montana, attended the University of Washington, and spent most of her life in the Seattle area. A world renowned horticulturist, she was a member of over twenty-five horticultural organizations, received numerous national and international awards, and was regarded as one of the finest plantswomen of the world. Her own garden contains some 4,000 species, many of which are unique in the western hemisphere. Her many civic accomplishments included selecting the plantings at Freeway Park, beautifying the banks of the Lake Washington Ship Canal and traffic islands throughout the city, and helping establish the new Chinese Garden in Seattle.

During their lifetimes both Mr. and Mrs. Miller were known for their philanthropic activities within the community, including the funding of the Pendleton Miller Chair at the University of Washington School of Law and the Elisabeth C. Miller Horticultural Library at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

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