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April 29, 2000

P. MIller
Distinguished Alumnus Award winner Pat Miller '56 flanked by President Vagt and Alumni Association President Andy McElwee.

When Pat Miller came to Davidson in 1952, this minister's son planned to follow in his father's footsteps. He knew in his mind that he wanted to learn and to preach, but it was at Davidson College that he felt a pedagogical calling in his heart. Pat proved to be an inquisitive and diligent student with an insatiable appetite for Biblical knowledge. Embracing his Davidson College education with an openness of soul, heart, and mind, he was a George F. Baker Scholar, a member of the Delta Phi Alpha Honor Society, the Male Chorus, and Sigma Chi Fraternity. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson in the Class of 1956.

Pat continued in his studies at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, where he received his Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1959. From there he went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard in 1963 and a post-doctoral fellowship at Cambridge. After serving as pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Travelers Rest, S.C., for two years, his quest for insight into the Old Testament took him to Jerusalem, the rock from which the Scriptures were hewn, where he studied for several months before returning to Union Seminary in 1966 to serve on its faculty. This was the beginning of a long and distinguished teaching career. In 1978, his colleagues honored Pat by electing him the Seminary's Dean of Faculty. After serving in this capacity for six years, and following a one-year visiting professorship at Harvard Divinity School, he was called to Princeton Theological Seminary as Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology where he has taught for sixteen years.

Yet, the impact of his scholarship and biblical interpretation has not been limited to his students and colleagues. Over the years this recognized theologian has shared both his knowledge and his singular wisdom concerning matters of faith through numerous scholarly books and writings--The Divine Warrior in Early Israel, The Hand of the Lord, Sin and Judgment in the Prophets, and Interpreting the Psalms, to name a few. He has devoted his life to learning and teaching within the context in which he was raised and nurtured at Davidson and elsewhere.

Because you have shared your faithful erudition and insight from your "pulpit," the classroom; because you devote your life to answering difficult and important questions for your students, your colleagues, and yourself; and because you make Davidson proud to claim you as her own, the Davidson College Alumni Association presents you, Patrick Dwight Miller, Jr., with the Distinguished Alumnus Award on the occasion of the Class of 1956's 45th Reunion, April 29, 2000.

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