Carlton Kean Miller

Aug. 30, 2017

Carlton Kean Miller, PE, (BS CIV EGR '51), Wabasso, Florida, died Aug. 26, 2017, at Grace Senior Living Center. He was 88. 

He was born in Niles, Michigan on July 1, 1929, the younger of two sons of Clarence and Bernice Miller. He graduated from high school in 1947 in Bridgman, Michigan. 

He graduated with honors and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University in 1951, where he was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honorary. In 1952, he graduated with a master’s degree in hydraulic engineering from Louisiana State University.

In August 1952, he began work as an engineer for the U.S. Lake Survey, in Detroit, where he was responsible for the development of plans to control the water levels of the five Great Lakes by regulating the flows of their interconnecting rivers. In addition, he determined the flows to be used for the design of the St. Lawrence Seaway Project. In 1955, he began work as an engineer for Pate and Hirn Engineers, a municipal engineering consulting firm in Detroit. 

The Twelve Town Drain in Oakland County and the Sexton Kilfoil Drain in Wayne County were two of his major undertakings with the firm. In 1964, he commenced work as a project manager for A.M. Kinney Engineers, an industrial and municipal engineering firm in Cincinnati, Ohio. With the firm, he was the co-inventor of a major Solid Waste Resource Recovery process. 

In May 1973, he joined the firm of Connell Associates in Coral Gables, Florida, as a senior engineer. In August 1976, he was appointed the director of the Solid Waste Division for Broward County, Florida. He retired on July 1, 1992, after Broward County has constructed two 64 MW power plants. Each plant uses about 2,250 tons of solid waste per day as fuel. 

He moved to Wabasso to live in the house he designed and had built for his parents in 1970.

Miller was a Registered Professional Engineer in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. He was also a Registered Land Surveyor in Michigan and Ohio. In 1984, Kentucky Governor Martha Layne Collins commissioned him as a Colonel in the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels for engineering services contributed. He was also a life member in the American Society of Civil Engineers.

No services are scheduled. 

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