Emeritus Professor of Biology Carlos O. Miller died on August 18, 2012, in Bloomington, Indiana, following a severe stroke. The department lost a dedicated scientist, a dear friend, and a generous benefactor.
Miller was born February 19, 1923, in Jackson, Ohio, to Marcella Leach Miller. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, William Howard May; and is survived by his half sister, Dorothy Basham; and his half brothers, William Calvin May and Jerry May. Miller was preceded in death by his parents; his half sister, Joann Pettit; and his brother, Gerald Miller, whose wife, Imogene, survives.
Miller attended The Ohio State University where he received his undergraduate degree, master's, and Ph.D. His college education was interrupted from 1943−46 while he served in the United States Army as a meteorologist. During the time of his military service, he took training at Denison University and Harvard University in the fields of mathematics, physics, electronics, and meteorology.
After his return to Ohio State following the war, Miller switched his major from electrical engineering to plant physiology, graduating cum laude, and staying on to complete his Ph.D. in 1951. For his dissertation, he studied how light and various organic and inorganic compounds affected the growth of plant cells.