Lexington Attorney Harry B. Miller Dies

Clients included Mary Lou and C.V. Whitney and Leslie Combs.

Prominent Lexington equine attorney Harry B. Miller Jr., died Nov. 11 at home after a short illness. He was 89.

Miller was born on Jan. 4, 1924, in Lexington and was reared by his mother Ann and step-father Circuit Judge Jack Winn in Mt. Sterling. Ky., where Miller was a star athlete in football and basketball for Mt. Sterling High School.

After he was discharged from the Army, Miller skipped the rest of college and entered UK College of Law, where he was an Order of the Coif graduate of UK in 1948

 During his career, Miller was honored as a Fellow in the American Bar Association, which is bestowed on only one-third of one percent of all the state's lawyers. In 2007, the Fayette County Bar Association honored him with the Harry T. Duncan Award for integrity and leadership, the association's most prestigious award.  In 2009, he was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Law's Hall of Fame.

Among his clients were Thoroughbred owners Mary Lou and C.V. "Sonny" Whitney, Overbrook Farm owner W.T. Young, and Leslie Combs of Spendthrift Farm, and Standardbred owner Fred Van Lennep.  Because of his expertise in horse law, he also represented actor William Shatner. He also served as president of The Red Mile for seven years.

Miller and his wife Pat, who died in 1997 after 50 years of marriage, were well known for their hospitality and generosity.

Miller was also very active in Democratic politics and served as treasurer of the state Democratic Party for eight years.  He was a top adviser to Govs. Bert Combs and Edward T. "Ned" Breathitt and was hired by Gov. Julian Carroll to handle all the legal appeals over eliminating bail bondsmen in Kentucky.

Miller was also a close confidante and recruiter for legendary University of Kentucky basketball coach Adolph Rupp.

Miller is survived by a daughter and three sons.

There will be a private burial Nov. 16, with a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, followed by a gathering for family and friends at 12:30 p.m. at the Woodlands.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to the First Presbyterian Endowment, 171 Market St., Lexington, Ky. 40507; God's Pantry, 1685 Jaggie Fox Way, Lexington, Ky. 40511, or; the Salvation Army, 736 W. Main S., Lexington, Ky. 40508.