David R. Miller, 79, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, on November 5, 2017 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Miller and Lillian Cohen Miller, his brother, Ephraim Miller and by his beloved daughter, Nancee Miller. Born in Middletown, NY, and raised in Norwich, CT, Dave made his home in Evanston, IL and Baltimore, MD before settling in Philadelphia PA. He is also an honorary citizen of Scranton, PA. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ellen McNish, and daughters: Susan Miller, Baltimore MD; Deborah Minske (Todd), Round Lake IL; Glenna Harkins, Philadelphia, and his granddaughter, Ashlee Miller-Berry, Evanston IL, as well as cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including Stacey Flowers and Sharon Powell, who lovingly helped to care for Dave. Dave attended Antioch College and received a BS from Temple University. He went on to receive a Master’s degree and PhD in Economics from Northwestern University. While serving on the faculty of the economics department at Syracuse University, Dave was awarded a Brookings Fellowship and spent a year doing research on mass transit for the US Department of Transportation in Washington, DC. This led to a storied career as a planner of mass transit systems both in the United States and internationally. He retired as an Assistant Vice President at Parsons Brinkerhoff, a global planning and engineering firm. Dave was a strong believer in science and participated in many research studies at the Parkinson’s Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a committed Quaker and always thought of himself as a numbers and logistics guy, leading to his service as Treasurer of Byberry Friends Meeting and in numerous volunteer planning and treasury roles within Friends General Conference in Philadelphia. He also was politically active, serving as a volunteer driver for the Kerry and Obama presidential campaigns. Dave was known in the family as the one who kept up with all of the relatives, and he loved spending time with friends and family on the Chesapeake Bay and in Brigantine NJ. His smile, kindness, silly songs, love of pinochle and the orchestra, dry sense of humor and indomitable spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Family and friends are invited to gather on Saturday November 18th, 2017 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM at the Arch Street Friends Meeting at 4th and Arch Sts., Philadelphia PA . There will be a memorial meeting for worship service at 12:30pm (under the care of Byberry Friends Meeting) In lieu of flowers, donations in Dave’s memory can be made to Friends General Conference- 1216 Arch Street #2B, Philadelphia, PA 19107 and/or The Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s Disease Research Center of Excellence- 3600 Spruce Street, 3rd Floor Maloney, Philadelphia, PA 19104.