Roger Miller, Ph.D

Obituary of Roger Allen Miller, Ph.D

Roger Allen Miller, PhD, beloved husband father, brother and grandfather, passed away surrounded by his wife, Barbara, sons, Erich and Carl, and daughter-in-law, Karen Goodwin on October 4, 2021. He was 87. Roger is survived by his wife, Barbara Pauline Rice Miller, son, Erich Miller and daughter-in-law, Teri Miller, daughter Gretchen Miller Basso and son-in-law, Arik Basso, son, Carl and daughter-in-law Karen Goodwin, three granddaughters, Amanda Miller, Andrea Miller, and Mia Basso, sister, Joyce Fish and brother-in-law, William Fish. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph Perrin Miller and Mary Josephine Sowers Miller and his brother, Donald Eugene Miller. Roger was born on June 27, 1934, in Chillicothe, Ohio. He married Barbara Pauline Rice on August 31, 1957. They recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. Best known for his accomplishments in the field of science, quick wit, and devotion to his family, Roger was deeply loved by family and friends. Having a lifelong desire to pursue a career in science, Roger received his Bachelor of Science from Ohio University in1956, completed his PhD in Physics at Case Institute and become a research associate with the institute in 1963. Roger held roles as a research physicist, senior research physicist, development associate and senior research associate at Corning, Inc. from 1964 to 1997. Roger was respected in the field of physics research and education. He earned numerous patents in his field of expertise, with notable accomplishments in the development of lead-free crystal, fiber optic coatings and coating applicators, and the design and development of the first, all dielectric, low-loss optical waveguide cable which could be used in the presence of high electromagnetic fields. He was featured in numerous honors publications and was a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Roger loved to share his love for science and astronomy with his children, and teaching them the value of working hard. He enjoyed taking them blackberry picking in the summer and making the most of a snowy winter day by taking them sledding. An avid fisherman, Roger spent many days fishing with his family, eventually moving to Keuka Lake in 1980. He and his wife enjoyed spending winters in Tucson, AZ. The family welcomes donations to Keuka Comfort Care, 35 Route 54 East Lake Road, Penn Yan, NY 14527, as an expression of sympathy instead of flowers. Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.
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