Arch J. Miller, the founder of the International Air and Hospitality Academy, died Saturday after battling a pulmonary disease for 10 years. He was 82.
Miller earned many accomplishments in Vancouver outside of the Academy: He served three terms as a Port of Vancouver Commissioner and he fought to bring minor league baseball to Vancouver. On top of that, he was a beloved family man.
“He’s been everywhere,” said Miller’s wife, Nancy Miller. “There’s just so much over the years.”
Born in Independence, Iowa, Miller grew up in a small-town setting. After graduating from high school, he joined the Army and spent three years in the service. When he was discharged, he went to the Weaver Airline Personnel School Kansas City, Mo., and then worked for Bonanza Air Lines in Ontario, Canada, according to Nancy Miller.
In 1979, Miller founded the International Air and Hospitality Academy at 2901 E. Mill Plain Blvd. The school trains workers for the travel and airline industries, and it draws students from around the country. In 2013, the school added a railway program.