J. Martin Miller MD, 79, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, formerly of Detroit, died December 28, 2001. An active member of St. Francis Church in Tennessee, he will be buried from St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Indianapolis at 11:30am January 3, 2002. Burial at Calvery Cemetery.
Dr. Miller was a senior staff physician in Endocrinology at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit for thirty five years before his retirement to Tennessee. His tenure there was marked by many pioneering efforts. These included identifying and recalling patients exposed to thyroid radiation, introducing the fine needle biopsy of the thyroid, planning the first satellite clinics of the Henry Ford Health System and volunteering as director of the hospice program. He later continued his work in hospice in Tennessee and was named Cumberland County hospice volunteer of the year.
Dr. Miller made housecalls and believed in the healing power of humor. He always had a story in his black bag.
In March of 2000, Dr. Miller received the Good Samaritan Award from Most Holy Trinty Church in Detroit for his work starting with the establishment of Cabrini Clinic, a free clinic for the poor, fifty years before.
Dr. Miller was a veteran of both WWII and the Korean War. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine first in his class, was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Psi and was a fellow at the Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Miller is survived by his wife, Judith Ann Miller of Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, a son John M Miller MD and a daughter Louise Tilchen, both of Detroit, a daughter Carol A. Miller of Los Angeles, a sister Janet A Miller of Indianapolis and two grandsons, Matthew and Joseph Tilchen of Detroit. He was proceeded in death by his two daughters, Katie A Miller and Lauren A Miller.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Cumberland County, 30 Adams Street, Crossville, Tennessee 38555
January 1, 2002