Paul Davis Miller, Jr., 82, of Cary, died Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary.
Mr. Miller was born in Rocky Mount October 20, 1929, the son of the late Paul D. and Nellie Moore Miller of Statesville. Mr. Miller grew up in Shelby and Statesville, where he was Valedictorian of the 1947 High School class. From 1947-1953 he attended North Carolina State University, earning BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering. In 1953 Mr. Miller joined Exxon Research and Engineering Company (then Standard Oil Development Co.) in New Jersey, from which he retired in 1992 “to move back home”.
During his 39-year career, he and his family lived and worked in various countries of Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia. Mr. Miller was the principal designer of an Exxon course in Refinery Design, and he presented this course many times in various countries over the last 20 years of his career. He was fluent in Spanish and many of these presentations were in South America. He continued to teach this course for several years after his retirement.
Mr. Miller was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition to science and engineering, Mr. Miller’s life-long interests included languages, linguistics and gardening. He credits his Mother for passing to him his values of proper speech, behavior and manners. To his Father he credits his work ethic.
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Mr. Miller was a volunteer Spanish interpreter at WakeMed Cary Hospital for a number of years. During his early years in college he was a WRAL radio announcer.
He was a member of Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church in Cary.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan Steinmetz Miller; daughters, Debra Miller Davis and her husband, Bradford of Cary; and Susan Miller Strode and her husband, Phillip of St. Charles, MO; brother, John Aubrey Miller and his wife, Ann of South Bend, IN; and 5 grandchildren, Ryan and Cara Davis, Brian, Matthew and Nathan Strode.
A funeral service will be held July 25th at 3:00pm at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home Chapel, 200 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511. Burial will follow the service at Raleigh Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to either the Glenaire Wait Staff Tuition Fund or the Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church of Cary.
Condolences may be sent to www.BrownWynneCary.com