Dr. Bruce Barnett Miller passed away to walk with our Lord August 25, 2020, in Dallas, Texas. He was born on March 4, 1932 to Claude Edgar Miller and Gladys Barnett Miller who preceded him in death. Bruce was loved by many and leaves behind a world of family and friends who love and miss him dearly. Bruce is survived by his loving wife Josephine (Jody), brothers, Richard Scurry and Charles Scurry. Sons Bruce Miller and Scurry Miller, daughters Josephine Merkle and Michelle Miller, and their partners, along with eight grandchildren, Bruce (Bart) Miller III, James (Jimmy) Miller, David Miller, Melanie Hebert, Ben Miller, Tanner Merkle, Logan Merkle and Vi (Amanda) Merkle, and six great grandchildren and more on the way. Bruce Miller was a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. He graduated from Victoria High School then attended Victoria Junior College where he ran track and was undefeated in the 400. He went on to attend the University of Texas where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.
When this country required his service during the Korean War conflict, he left the University Texas and entered Naval Flight School. Dr. Miller was extremely proud of his 5 years a Marine pilot. He loved to fly! He qualified in an amazing 14 different types of aircraft. He was the first pilot to be catapulted off of an aircraft carrier with it dead in the water. Earned the National Defense Service Medal and left the reserves with the rank of Captain.
After his discharge he returned to the University of Texas majoring in nutrition and biochemistry. Dr. Miller was a research assistant to Dr. Roger Williams, the discoverer of pantothenic acid. He applied and was accepted to Baylor University College of Dentistry. While in dental school he met and married his beloved Jody. He graduated with highest honors from Baylor Dental in 1962. Dr. Miller practiced general dentistry for 21 years. He was highly respected by his patients and peers. He was especially distinguished by his thorough and compassionate care for each of his patients, offering them his unwavering attention and clinical wisdom.
When the “nutrition craze hit,” he realized that the general public didn’t know very much about nutrition. He began to give talks on clinical nutrition. His largest audience was over 3,000. This eventually evolved into 100+audio tapes, a monthly newsletter, “HealthQuest” with over 2500 subscribers. Some 40 booklets, (over four million copies sold), 30 videos and other literature. He has spoken in every state in the union and many foreign countries. His booklets are now in seven languages. He authored a 454-page book, The Nutrition Guarantee, that was well received.
He served as President of United Cerebral Palsy Association of Dallas as an elected representative to the executive committee of United Cerebral Palsy of Texas, and on the Board of Directors of the League for Educational Advancement in Dallas.
Doctor Miller was involved in Christian activities. He partnered with Dr. Gene Getz and established the first Fellowship Bible Church in Dallas. He and his wife Jody also had a ‘hippie church’’ meeting in their home on Saturday nights. About 70 people were regular attendees. He helped organize Young Life in North Dallas and the Fellowship of Christian Dentists He also served on the board of Christian Family Life and worked with Campus Crusade for Christ. He loved teaching the Bible when he was involved in these organizations.
He was a member of numerous professional organizations including:
The American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, Dallas County Dental Society, Omicron Kappa Epsilon, American Society of Dentistry for Children, Academy of General Dentistry, and the International Academy of Medicine. Dr. Miller was a certified nutrition specialist and a member of the American College of Nutrition, a consultant to the American Running and Fitness Association, Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, International Academy of Preventive Medicine, and International Institute of Nutritional Dentistry.
He served as a consultant to the Veterans Administration Hospital, president of the Dallas Dental Hospital, Memorial Hospital of Garland Texas, Medical City Dallas, Brookhaven Hospital, teaching staff Baylor University College of Dentistry, department head of dental auxiliary utilization.
He was a charter member Kenneth Cooper’s Aerobics Center, and served on the advisory board of Cooper’s Aerobics Center.
Bruce was an avid skier both snow and water. He also loved competitive racquetball. He and his family loved to backpack in New Mexico and Colorado. Bruce was an avid fisherman, often encouraging his family to fish all night if the fish were biting. He also an enjoyed hunting dove, quail and deer.
After he retired, he became an excellent watercolor artist!
In lieu of flowers give gifts to
Grace Bible Church, Dallas, Texas
Christ Fellowship, McKinney, Texas
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