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Wilbur H. Miller

February 15, 1915 - June 17, 2017

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Wilbur H. Miller, Ph. D.

Wilbur H. Miller, a resident of Stamford since 1941, died on June 17, 2017. He was born on February 15, 1915 in Boston, Massachusetts, and was
the son of the late Silas R. and Muriel M. Miller.

Dr. Miller graduated from elementary school in Deerfield, New Hampshire and high
school in Raymond, New Hampshire. He obtained B.S. and M.S .degrees in Chemistry
from the University of New Hampshire where he also served as a graduate assistant and
instructor. He then obtained the Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Columbia...

Wilbur H. Miller, Ph. D.

Wilbur H. Miller, a resident of Stamford since 1941, died on June 17, 2017. He was born on February 15, 1915 in Boston, Massachusetts, and was
the son of the late Silas R. and Muriel M. Miller.

Dr. Miller graduated from elementary school in Deerfield, New Hampshire and high
school in Raymond, New Hampshire. He obtained B.S. and M.S .degrees in Chemistry
from the University of New Hampshire where he also served as a graduate assistant and
instructor. He then obtained the Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Columbia University
where he was a Statutory Assistant and subsequently a University Fellow in Chemistry.
He joined the American Cyanamid Company in 1941 in their Stamford Research
Laboratories starting in their Chemotherapy Division where he helped develop a drug
for overcoming over-activity of the thyroid gland, propyl thiouracil, and an oral diuretic,
DIAMOX, for controlling congestive heart disease and subsequently found to be
effective in glaucoma and post cataract surgery and which he took years later when
having cataract surgery. More recently, DIAMOX has also found extensive use in high
altitude medicine.

He left the laboratory in 1949 to become Cyanamid's first technical representative in
Washington, D.C. to act as liaison between various U.S. Governmental agencies and all
of Cyanamid's technical facilities. Subsequently, he directed the commercial
development of Cyanamid's Food Industry products and was technical Director of
Cyanamid International's Products for Agriculture
In 1960, he joined Dunlap and Associates in Stamford as Associate and subsequently
Senior Scientist.In 1966, he joined the Celanese Corporation as Coordinator of New
Product Development, then Manager of Commercial Research and for several years
Director of Corporate Development, He retired in 1984

Soon after moving to Stamford in 1941 with his bride, Harriet Harmon Miller, he began
to participate in a number of community organizations. During World War II, together
with his wife Harriett, he led in the formation of the Carillon Club which became a
community oriented discussion group associated with The First Presbyterian Church. He
served as president from1943 to 1949. He was an elder of that church for many years. In
particular, he was chairman for the Dedication Committees for the new Church
Sanctuary in 1958 and for~he Maguire-Mueller Carillon Tower in 1968 for which both
events received international recognition. From 1960,- 1963, he was a member of the
Nominating Committee of The Presbyterian Church, USA, the first layman from New
England to serve in that capacity.

He was a founder of The World Affairs Forum in 1946 and served as its first Program
Director. He served as Forum Chairman ofthe Board of Directors from1953-1987.
Towards the end of this period, he presided over a major reorganization of The Forum
from an all volunteer organization to a staff supported entity. He became Honorary
Chairman in 1987 and continued to participate on its Board of Directors. He also served
as Chairman of The Forum's 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner. He was an
International Fellow at the University of Bridgeport (1985-88) and earlier was a lecturer
on Business and Society at Western Connecticut State University (1977-79) He also
served on the Advisory Board of The Center for the Study of the Presidency from 1980-
1999.

Dr. Miller served for some years on the Boards of Directors of The Stamford Historical
Society, The Stamford Interfaith Council and The Council for Continuing Education
including terms as president of each organization. He helped in the re-activation of The
Stamford Symphony after World War II and early served on its Board as a vice president.
He was also a long time supporter of The Young Artists Philharmonic. More recently, he
served on the Board of Directors of The Stamford Senior Center and as Vice chairman,
Chairman and subsequently as Trustee. In 1986, he received the J.C. Penney Golden Rule
Award for volunteer service.

Dr. Miller was active in several professional organizations. A more than 70 year member
of the American Chemical Society, he served as an early member of the ACS News
Service Advisory Board, from 1949-53. He also was the first Education Committee
Chairman of the Western Connecticut Section of the American Chemical Society where
he blended their resources with those of the World Affairs Forum and other community
organizations in the Stamford area to produce the nation's first "Atomic Energy Week" in
1948 which received international coverage and for which Dr. Miller received an
American Design Award from Lord and Taylor "for establishing a pattern for community
education in world wide problems"

Dr. Miller joined the Chemists Club in New York in 1953 and later served on its Board of
Directors and as Treasurer. He also was a long time member of the Societe de Chemie
Industrielle (American Section) including several terms on their Board, two terms as
Treasurer and served as the founding chairman of their Education Committee for a
decade. He also was a Fellow of The American Institute of Chemists and of The
American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a member of Sigma Xi,
Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Chi Sigma and The Institute of Food Technologists. In 1971, He
received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the College of Technology of the
University of New Hampshire.

His wife of 63 years, Harriett Harmon Miller, pre-deceased him in 2004. He is survived
by two daughters, Nancy Harray of Monterey, California and Donna Davidge of
New York City and Island Falls, Maine, a son, Warren Harmon Miller of Stamford, two
grandsons and one great grandson.

Calling hours will be 3 to 6 on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at Leo P.
Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 2900 Summer Street, Stamford.
A Memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 25th, 2017 at 1:30 PM at The First
Presbyterian Church, 1101 Bedford Street, Stamford, Burial will be private .. In lieu of
flowers, memorial donations may be made to the World Affairs Forum, Suite 340,800
Summer Street, Stamford, Ct,06901 or to The First Presbyterian Church, 1101 Bedford
Street, Stamford, Ct. 06905