Annie "Ann" Laurie Vardaman Miller, the daughter of Ephraim Jeremiah Vardaman and Daisy McCullough, was born on February 17, 1926, in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from North Dallas High School, Miller enrolled at Baylor University where she earned her bachelor's degree in English in 1949. In December of that year, she married one of her former professors, Robert T. Miller, who taught political science at Baylor. The couple moved to Austin shortly thereafter. As Robert completed his doctoral studies, Ann commenced graduate studies at the University of Texas. When the Millers returned to Waco, Ann transferred and completed her master's degree in English at Baylor.
In the late 1950s, Miller started teaching part-time in the Baylor English Department, transitioning to full-time in 1961. During the 1974-1975 academic year, the Millers participated in the Far Eastern Educational Exchange Program, spending one year in Fukuoka, Japan, at the second largest Baptist university in the world, Seinan-Gaukin University. Ann taught British literature and modern British and American poetry during the exchange.
In honor of her lifetime achievements and popularity among faculty and alumni, Miller was designated as a University Master Teacher of Literature in 1982 by Baylor President Herbert Reynolds. She was one of the first two faculty members at Baylor to be honored with the title of "master teacher." Two years later, in 1984, Miller was promoted to full professor.
A few years after Robert Miller's death, in 1998, Baylor established the Robert T. and Ann V. Miller Endowed Scholarship Fund in honor of the couple's academic contributions to the university. In 2003, Baylor awarded Miller an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. She passed away on August 12, 2006 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Waco.
More information about Ann Vardaman Miller can be found at the Institute for Oral History.
Anderson, Mike. "Friends Mourn 'the Best of Old Baylor.'" Waco Tribune-Herald, 14 August 2006.