Lovick C. Miller, Jr. passed away on November 22nd after a brief illness. He celebrated his 91st birthday on September 4th with his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren, commemorating a full and rich life. Lovick grew up in Fort Lauderdale Florida, graduated from UNC in 1947, and then attended Harvard for his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. A B-17 co-pilot during the War, Lovick was shot down over Germany in September of 1944, and spent the reminder of the war as a POW. During flight training in Tampa, Florida he met Elizabeth Ann Bishop whom he married after the war on April 5, 1947. Lovick always saw himself as a very lucky man, citing meeting and marrying "Betty Ann" as his prime example.
Lovick spent his professional career at the University of Louisville where he was Director of the Child Psychiatry Research Center. He specialized in treating children, and also saw adults in private practice. He had a close group of dear friends in Louisville and was active in the community. He and Betty Ann also bought a 10 acre farm near Louisville, remodeled a 100 year old house there, raised a few cattle and planted an orchard of walnut trees that now stand tall and beautiful. Lovick cultivated gardens everywhere he lived.
Lovick retired to Chapel Hill in 1993 to be closer to his son Steve's family. He continued to be active, writing a memoir of his war experiences, playing tennis till 89, serving as president of the Camden Park Homeowners' Association, volunteering with the Triangle Land Conservancy, participating in a number of book clubs and discussion groups, and traveling, particularly to California to visit his son Chris and his family. A graduate of the 1950's cocktail generation, Lovick enjoyed great conversation, nuts, and a martini until he was 90. Beloved dogs and cats accompanied most of his journey.
An intensely curious man with a powerful analytical mind and generous spirit, Lovick loved people and maintained a life-long interest in history and the human condition. Upon learning of his death, several of his son's friends remarked that Lovick had been the first adult who always took their views seriously. A child of the Deep South, he marched for civil rights in the 1960s. He turned from supporter to opponent of the war in Vietnam, and flew a small American flag on his car until he could drive no more. A product of a time when women stayed in the home, he hoped to live to see the first woman elected president in 2016. But always, General Sherman was a devil. Lovick possessed an open mind which embraced change as a part of life. He died with a stack of books beside his bed, a learner until the end.
Lovick is survived by his wife Betty Ann, his son Chris, of Palo Alto, CA, and his wife, May May, and their two daughters Chanel and Tiffany, by his son, Steve, of Chapel Hill, and his wife, Paula, and their two sons, Jackson and Nate, by Jackson's wife, Elyse McCoy Miller, and Nate's fiance, Katharine McMahon, and by his older sister, Harriet Fusfeld, of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Lovick's family and friends feel thankful and very lucky to have shared their lives with him. A service to honor his life and memory will be held at Carolina Meadows on January 10th.