Robert J. Miller Awarded NIC Gold Medal


Robert J. Miller, New Mexico ’50, the president of the Phi Delta Theta Foundation, was awarded the National Interfraternity Conference Gold Medal on December 5, 1992, at the annual meeting of NIC in Washington, DC. The Gold Medal is the highest honor given by the NIC and recognizes lifelong achievement in the service of men’s college fraternities.

Three Phis have been past recipients of the Gold Medal—William R. Bayes, Ohio Wesleyan 1901, received it in 1951, George S. Ward, Illinois 1910, received the medal in 1961, and John D. Millett, DePauw 1933, earned the honor in 1976.

The prestigious award is granted based on distinguished service to fraternity youth, lifelong service to the fraternity movement, efforts to raise fraternity standards, time and energy spent in the promotion of education, and representing the goal of all fraternities to promote service and education.

Brother Miller was hired by Paul C. Beam as a traveling secretary in 1951. He served Phi Delta Theta as its executive vice president from 1955 until 1991, when he retired. He has been recognized as a leader in interfraternal, professional, and civic activities. He served as the president of the Fraternity Executives Association, president of the Edgewater Conference, and has been recognized by Blue Key, Phi Delta Kappa, Order of Omega, Omicron Delta Kappa, Theta Chi, and Tau Kappa Epsilon general fraternities.

On receiving the Gold Medal Brother Miller said, “Being awarded the NIC Gold Medal is a clear indication that old age is rapidly approaching—but I’m pleased to receive it, just the same.”