Reagan Miller, AIA, died in a plane crash on Monday morning, 22 April 2019, in Kerrville, Texas. He was 55 years old.
Born in Iowa, Reagan moved to Houston in 1989 and earned his Master of Architecture degree from Rice University. He worked at various small firms, eventually founding his own, now Reagan | Andre Architecture. Despite his extreme humility, he proudly reflected on the office composition and culture and the award-winning work they produced.
He was universally known as a gentle, observant, curious, modest, and creative man, who drafted the sweetest life sketches–of streets, crowds, faces, buildings, signage. His most recent undertaking was a watercolor documentary of Houston’s east-side Telephone Road. He helped friends and clients clarify their ideas with his pen and a napkin in hand (and sometimes a glass of scotch and ginger snaps). His elegant home designs enhance Houston’s urban landscape with taste and sophistication. He also had projects in Kansas, Wisconsin, Iowa, the Bahamas, and other Texas locations.
Reagan admired and loved Pete Seeger, whose book The Incompleat Folksinger sits on his bedside table even now. He turned that admiration and love into a passionate hobby, accompanying his own soft voice on stringed instruments (plus harmonica and concertina) to perform grave and goofy songs alike–from Bach to Woody Guthrie to Randy Newman and back again. He found compatriots and eager audiences in the Houston Folk Music Society and Covenant Church, where he and his family have been members since 2006. Earlier this April, he performed Doc and Rosa Lee Watson’s song “Your Lone Journey” during the Time for Children at Covenant. He served as a deacon at Covenant Church, the manager for his sons’ soccer teams, a mentor to apprentices and art students, and a member of several Houston architecture organizations.
Reagan was universally known as a gentle, observant, curious, modest, and creative man . . . .
He leaves behind three fine sons, Wilson, Sam, and Elliott Miller; his wife Ann Christensen; his parents and family from Iowa–Merle and Loris Miller; three sisters and their families: Lisa and John Miller Allen; Kim and Ben Roby; Allison, Kyle, and Oscar Nielsen; Krista, Brian, Emma and Amie Kielty; two aunts, two uncles, and cousins; and his in-laws Jack, Kate, Tom, and Connie Christensen and their families. He also leaves innumerable friends and admirers of all ages, occupations, colors, shapes, and backgrounds.
Reagan Miller treated every single person with the respect and attention that he knew they deserved. May it be so.