Robert Eugene Miller
November 28, 1919 ~ July 7, 2005
Resided in: Pueblo, CO
Robert 'Bob' Eugene Miller, 85, of Pueblo, Colorado, died on July 7, 2005. He was born in Wadena, Minnesota, on November 28, 1919, and is survived by his wife of 50 years, Zona; sons, Rick of Denver and Tim (Vickie) of Colorado Springs; sister, Mrs. Bonnie Blair, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and numerous nephews and nieces. Bob received his B.S. Degree in Chemistry from North Dakota State University in 1941. While doing graduate work he was hired by E.I. DuPont & Co. as a junior chemist to work at their TNT plant near Childersburg, AL. While employed there, he was selected, along with other chemists, to work on the RDX Project (later known as the Manhattan Project). Bob was transferred to the University of Chicago where he underwent training before being transferred to Clinton Laboratories (later known as the Oak Ridge National Laboratories), in Tennessee. He worked as a chemist there helping to solve the problem of separating plutonium from uranium. In 1944, he was transferred to the Hanford Engineer Works in Richland, WA, where plutonium was produced. In 1946, Bob left the project to continue his education. He was offered a position of lab assistant, and later instructor, at Iowa State University and working full time, obtained his M.S. Degree in Biophysical Chemistry in 1951. After a year at Northern Colorado State College in Greeley, Bob accepted a position in the Chemistry Department of Pueblo Junior College where he worked for 14 years and then 17 years at the USC campus (now CSU-Pueblo). Bob was Past-President of the Colorado-Wyoming Academy of Science and of the USC Retirees Association. He was also Past-President of the Pueblo Retired School Employees Association. He had been a member of the American Chemical Society for over 52 years. His hobbies were fishing, gardening, ham radio and Scout work. He started the first Scout Troop in Oak Ridge, TN. In Richland, he took over a Troop and the unit grew to over 45 Scouts. In 1980, Bob received the highest Council award in Scouting, the Silver Beaver. Besides Scouting, Bob was active in his church, St. Paul United Methodist. He sang in the choir and was a member of the Day Care Center Board and was Chairman of the Trustees. His wife and he bought a motor home when he retired and traveled through all the states (except Hawaii) and most of the Canadian provinces. They participated in several Elderhostels in Alaska, The Netherlands, Georgia, British Columbia, Washington and Montana. They also, on their own, visited the British Isles, New Zealand and Australia. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, July 11, 2005, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 107 E. Routt, with the Rev. Tom Peacock officiating. Those who desire may make memorial contributions to either St. Paul UMC or to St. Paul UMC Day Care Center, c/o the funeral home office. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com
I grew up about 4 blocks from the campus and as a boy did a lot of snooping around. On one of these adventures I met Mr. Miller in one of his labs and he became my mentor in chemistry. All the way through high school he was wonderfully supportive of my interests and helped me a lot with old and discarded equipment.
I went to CU to pursue a Ph. D. in chemistry but my interests soon turned to mathematics and physics where I did earn my Ph.D.
Following graduation I enjoyed my entire career as a professor of physics at the Colorado School of Mines. I am now retired. I have “Bob” to thank for my wonderful career due to his gentle encouragement and support of my early interests in science
As a fellow Silver Beaver, and a Scouting friend of Bob, we will pray for your family in your time of sorrow. Bob truly enjoyed Scouting, and he will be missed.
I am greatly saddened to hear of the loss of the outstanding man and leader who guided me in Scouting to the rank of Eagle Scout in 1977 as Scout Master of Pueblo Troop 11. Although I lost touch with him over the years when my family moved away, he remained a great influence on my life, sense of values and was an example to all who knew him. I will miss you S.M.R.M. My sincerest condolences to Mrs. Miller and the family. With my deepest sympathies, Tom Koonce
I was a PJC student in 57-59 and took a year of chem. with Mr. Miller and I so enjoyed his style of teaching as I knew nothing about chem. I also lived on the 1000 block of pitkin with my grandparents (JA Grady…)
It was truly a pleasure having known him….bye madeline jennings
Zona I am deeply sorry for your loss. Bob was always a wonderful person to me while I worked at the church. Both of you were always very cheerful and fun to be around. I know how much you will miss him as will everyone who knew him. May God be with you through these days of grief.