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Island University Mourns the Loss of Dr. David Miller

June 11, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Professor, Dr. David A. Miller, an Associate Professor of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015 after battling cancer for 12 years.

Dr. Miller will be remembered for his devotion, the belief that humor is its own medicine, and love of his family. He is survived by children and grandchildren, and his wife of 39 years, Mary Ellen Miller, who is also an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Dr. Miller taught a variety of classes including: Advanced Pharmacological Concepts, Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Health Assessment/ Differential Diagnosis, and Management of Acute and Chronic Illnesses I and II.

Miller was board certified in Internal and Pulmonary Medicine and a Fellow in the American College of Chest Physicians. He taught at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi since 1989. During his tenure at the University, he was a published author and contributor of many professional articles and books.

 Miller was one of the first doctors in South Texas to work with AIDS patients. His first AIDS patient referral came from Dr. Hector P. Garcia Jr. He taught HIV/AIDS care and prevention in the Coastal Bend community and was asked to present at countless national and international medical conferences, including the International AIDS Conference.

Dr. Miller was the recipient of numerous honors and awards during his lifetime. In 1993, he received the Corpus Christi Diocesan Medal of Honor award, presented to him by Bishop Rene Gracida for pro bono health services he provided to the community.

Recognized by his peers in 2005, the Dr. David A. Miller Scholarship was established in his honor by the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. This scholarship provides educational funding to students in the nursing program. Most recently, in April of this year, he was presented the Excellence in Teaching Award by Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Center for Faculty Excellence.

Dr. Miller’s contributions to the Island University will always be remembered and his friendship will be missed.