11/15/1937 — Princeton, New Jersey
Time Magazine Artilce 1937
Education: Mayor to Princeton
Monday, Nov. 15, 1937 Print Reprints
Louisville's mayor, bushy-browed, tight-lipped Neville Miller, son of Shackelford Miller, onetime Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, has an academic as well as a political background. After graduation from Princeton (where he played varsity soccer, managed the swimming team) and Harvard Law School, he taught law for ten years, in 1930 became the first dean of the University of Louisville School of Law. He resigned in 1933 to be elected the first Democratic mayor of Louisville in 16 years. In Louisville, he staged a financial and governmental reorganization, became president of the Kentucky Municipal League and a director of the U. S. Conference of Mayors, but won his greatest fame when Louisville was swamped by the flood last spring. Mayor Miller then evacuated a large part of the population, summoned aid from far & wide, fed refugees, kept the city machinery functioning.
Last week he followed upward another municipal chief who rode to a bigger job on that same flood, former City Manager Clarence Dykstra of Cincinnati, now president of the University of Wisconsin. For Neville Miller, whose term as mayor expires this month, was named assistant to Harold Willis Dodds, president of Princeton. This means that beginning January 1, Princeton will be distinguished among U. S. universities in being run entirely by experts in municipal government, since President Dodds is already president of the National Municipal League. Assistant Miller will take over the administration in his superior's absence and relieve him of much after-dinner speaking