Norman Earl Miller, PhD, retired emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of South Dakota for 29 years, went to be with the Lord, March 9, 2013. He was born Aug. 14, 1931 in Tinley Park, IL, to Herman and Lillian Lietz Miller. He is survived by Pauline (Rozdilsky) Miller, his wife of 61 years; a brother, Sherman (wife Earleen); sons, Jason (Randi), Byron (Jodi), Britton (Jan), and Auston (Sue); daughters, Rhoda Bibollet (Christian), Selah Cross (Earl) and Leah Miller (Hung Kang), and 33 grandchildren.
His heart was for original research in chemistry, during his six years at the Central Research Department of the DuPont Corporation and at the University of South Dakota. At USD, he inspired hundreds of students with his enthusiasm for chemistry and learning. He was involved in the University of South Dakota Faculty Senate for many years and an active member of the American Chemical Society for more than 50 years. He authored many research papers, some of which were presented in international forums, and holds several patents as an outgrowth of his research.
At 15 he became a committed Christian when he learned of Christ’s sacrificial atonement for him. He never waivered from this commitment and had an insatiable desire to know God fully throughout his life. He served God humbly in every church Pauline and he attended, in many capacities. Dr. Miller’s life was characterized by Micah 6:8, “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
He enjoyed sailing, gardening and woodworking throughout his life. Contributions in his memory can be made to Home Sweet Home Foster Care, 245 Lomont Dr, El Paso, TX 79912; Good Samaritan Society – White Acres, 7304 Good Samaritan Ct, El Paso, Texas 79912, and/or the Norman Miller Scholarship Fund, the Chemistry Department, the University of South Dakota.