Dr. Robert Holt Miller (“Bobby”) handed away peacefully at residence on January 19, 2023, following an prolonged sickness. He was born on November 8, 1935 to Frank Hoten Miller and Verna Sharp Miller, and was a lifelong resident of Jacksonville. The youngest of seven youngsters, he positioned deep significance on household bonds; he was born, lived, and died on the identical Arlington property to which his mother and father moved over 100 years in the past.
A baby prodigy on the piano, he started enjoying on the age of two, and thru his teenage years shared his appreciable expertise with audiences on the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and plenty of different venues. A Florida Occasions-Union music critic described one in all Bobby’s performances as “superlative” and “on the order of unbelievable.” In the end, nevertheless, Bobby felt a distinct calling and entered the sector of drugs, changing into a gifted pediatric heart specialist. He graduated from the College of Florida Faculty of Medication and accomplished his medical internship at College Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, and his pediatric residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship on the College of Florida.
He met his bride-to-be and lifelong finest good friend, Judith, whereas he was a medical scholar and she or he was a nurse. They married in 1962 and had the enjoyment of celebrating their sixtieth wedding ceremony anniversary shortly earlier than his demise.
In 1969 Dr. Miller grew to become the primary board-certified pediatric heart specialist in Jacksonville and initiated the institution of a citywide pediatric cardiology program, starting a protracted historical past of service to the kids of this neighborhood. Within the Eighties he additionally led the preliminary improvement of citywide neonatal and pediatric crucial care applications.
As Division Director of Pediatric Cardiology at College Hospital of Jacksonville (now UF Shands), he led the recruitment of quite a few excellent physicians to proceed growing the depth of care that could possibly be provided to infants and kids within the Jacksonville neighborhood. His biggest pleasure got here from being a practising doctor, and he continued to see sufferers till his retirement in 2004.
Typically demonstrating an outwardly “robust” demeanor and humorous dry wit, Dr. Miller had nothing however softness in his coronary heart for the various youngsters he cared for in his profession, and for his personal youngsters and grandchildren, to whom he handed alongside his love of music, literature, science, and animals, and his pleasure in exploring the pure world, particularly our nationwide parks. Dr. Miller can be remembered and cherished as a giving, sort, and humble servant to his sufferers and their households, and as an exemplar of dedication to household.
Dr. Miller is survived by his spouse, Judith; daughters Kimberly and Tara, son-in-law Alex, and grandchildren Joel and Jamie, along with many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins. He’s preceded in demise by, and now joyfully reunited with, his siblings William, Betty Jean, Richard, Mary Sue, Frank, and David.
A celebration of life service honoring Dr. Miller can be held January twenty seventh at 4pm on the Legacy Lodge at Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel and Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, presents could also be made to St. Jude Youngsters’s Hospital or to Group Hospice & Palliative Care Basis.
Posted on-line on January 21, 2023
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