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t’s fairly well know that Gerald Taylor White founded Westlawn in 1930, assisted by his secretary and office manager Eve S. Nelson. Little over a decade later, Robert Miller came aboard as an instruc‐ tor at the then Westlawn School of Yacht Design and made important contributions to the school and its curriculum.  

Robert (Bob) Miller and his twin brother Albert were born in Dolge‐ ville, New York on November 9, 1911. In 1930, Miller enlisted in and served three years with the US Army Band of the 15th Coast Artillery at Fort Kamehamela, Hawaii. He entered the Army playing four instruments: piano, violin, saxophone, and clarinet. Over the next three years, he learned to play the trumpet, slide trombone, bassoon, oboe and Hawaiian guitar. At some point, he also learned to play the organ and mandolin. Because of the return of an old illness, Bob was honorably discharged from the Army, at which time he returned to Utica to organize and led Bob Miller’s Black and Gold Orchestra, which was ac‐ tive in the Utica area for about five years.  

 

Discovering the West‐ lawn School of Yacht Design (now the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology), Miller enrolled in the distance‐learning course, and com‐ pleted the basic cur‐ riculum in 1939. In August 1941, he graduated from the Westlawn Advanced Yacht Designing Course.   

Shortly after completing the basic Westlawn course in 1939, Miller was hired as a naval architect at Wheeler Ship Yard in Brooklyn, New York. He married his wife, Dorothy the same year, and lived in Montville, NJ  (wh Westlawn was based at the time), until 1942. He retur again to Utica, NY and worked the family farm until 19 From there, he moved to Toms River, NJ with his wife three daughters and rejoined the marine industry wor ing at Hubert S. Johnson Boat Works in Bay Head, NJ.  

Miller worked as an instructor at Westlawn, and revie his notebooks shows that he created several of the graphs and charts students still find in some of the cou

One of the Team Who Helped Mold Westlawn

Robert Miller 

Westlawn’s Old Logo on a Plaque Carved by Robert Miller 

34‐ft. Cruising Racing Sloop Design by Miller

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