Of Alexandria, VA, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017. He was born on June 8, 1934, son to the late Henry Eugene Miller and Margaret West Miller. He grew up in a single-parent household on a small farm in Rowan County, NC. After graduating from Mount Ulla High School in Rowan County, NC, he received a B.S. in Agriculture from NC State University in 1956 with High Honors, followed by a M.S. from Michigan State University in 1958 and a Ph.D. from NC State University in 1962. Robert was employed as an Animal Geneticist and Research Leader, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, USDA from 1960-1996. Robert received a Group of distinguished service award from Secretary of Agriculture Madigan in 1990 and published over 300 scientific articles and reports on genetics, animal and veterinary science through the years. He became the Senior Editor of Symposium Proceedings "Biotechnology's Role in the Genetic Improvement of Farm Animals" published by Am. Soc. Animal Science, Savoy, Illinois, 1996.
Robert and his loving wife Vivian Johansson Miller were members of First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, MD. He was former Deacon, Elder and Church Treasurer, at the Church of the Pilgrims, Wash. D.C. After retirement, he graciously gave his time as a volunteer with the Foreign Information and Referral Service in Columbia, MD, and pursuing his many hobbies, including Folk & Bluegrass Music; Greek Art and History; and Genealogy.
As a loving husband, father, son and brother he is survived by his wife, son Kenneth Matthew Miller of Alexandria, VA and sister Betty Miller Greenhill (Mooresville, NC). He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers; Kenneth West Miller and James Eugene Miller.
The services will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County on June 18, 2017 at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to www.savethechildren.org.