Ambassador Endows Baylor ScholarshipJan. 23, 1998
Lyndon Olson Jr., the newly-appointed U.S. Ambassador to Sweden, and his wife, Kay, have established the Robert T. and Ann V. Miller Endowed Scholarship Fund at Baylor University.
Through the spring semester of the year 2005, the scholarships will be awarded, based on need, to Baylor undergraduate students regardless of major. Beginning in the fall semester of the year 2005, the scholarships will be awarded exclusively to graduate and undergraduate students who are enrolled in Baylor's School of Music.
The Olsons established the scholarship fund in memory of Dr. Robert T. Miller, former chair of the department of political science, and in honor of Ann V. Miller, professor of English.
Highly respected by colleagues and students for his knowledge of constitutional law, the late Robert Miller began his tenure at Baylor in 1946 and was named chair of the department of political science in 1962. He also served as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, vice provost of the university and dean of continuing education.
He and Ronald B. Flowers co-authored Toward Benevolent Neutrality: Church, State, and the Supreme Court in 1977, a work many consider the definitive publication on the U.S. Supreme Court's interpretations of the religion clauses of the Constitution. At the time of his death in 1996, Miller held the title of R. W. Morrison Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science.
Ann Miller graduated from Baylor in 1949 and was appointed to the English department faculty in 1961. She was designated a Master Teacher of Literature in 1982, one of the first two professors to attain this distinction, and was named a full professor in 1984. Miller, who also is recognized as a poet, is revered by many alumni as the professor who heightened their appreciation for literature and enhanced their writing skills.
Olson, a Waco native, graduated from Baylor and served as a legislator in the Texas House of Representatives from 1973 to 1978. He was appointed chairman of the State Board of Insurance by former Gov. Dolph Briscoe and then again by former Gov. Bill Clements. Before being named ambassador to Sweden, he was president and CEO of Travelers Insurance Holdings Inc. Olson and his wife are ardent supporters of the arts, and both have served on the boards of opera companies in Austin and Houston as well as the board of the Waco Symphony Orchestra Association.