It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Donn
Miller, on December 24, 2017, after a courageous battle with leukemia.
Donn is survived by his wife, Carol; his daughter, Kimberly Miller;
his son, Donn Scott Miller; his grandson, Major Matthew Miller and his wife,
Bana; his granddaughter, Heather Miller; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be at 10 AM on
Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion, Valley
Forge Military Academy, 1001 Eagle Road, Wayne, PA,
A memorial service will follow at 11 AM. Funeral services will be held at the West Point Cemetery at a later date.
Condolences may be sent to Carol
at 39 Constitution Court,
In lieu of flowers, the family
has requested that donations in Donnís memory be made to Blue Star Families, P.O. Box
230637, Encinitas, CA
Well done, Donn. Be thou at peace.
Colonel Donn Gibson Miller, U.S. Army, Ret.
August 9, 1939 -
December 24, 2017
| Age 78
Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather
Colonel Donn Gibson Miller (U.S. Army, Retired), passed away on the morning of
Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017 after a heroic battle with leukemia. He was surrounded
with love by his wife, Carol, of 55 years and his children, Kimberly and Donn
Donn was born on August 9, 1939 in Woodsville, NH. He graduated with a bachelor
of science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, in 1961
and entered the Army as an infantry officer. Over the next 25 years, he served
with great distinction in numerous command, staff, and educational assignments.
His foreign service included duty in Korea, Vietnam, and Germany. He served at
the highest levels as a Battalion commander, key political-military advisor to
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and as a Senior Military Planner for the Chief of
Staff of the Army.
Colonel Miller also distinguished himself as a scholar and an educator. He
earned a Master of Arts degree in Russian Language and Literature from the
University of Pennsylvania in 1968 and then served as an Assistant Professor of
Russian at West Point for three years. In 1978, he was the honor graduate from
the Naval War College and in 1982 returned to that prestigious school as a
Professor of Strategy and Executive Officer for the Strategy Department. While
teaching there, Colonel Miller devoted his free time to learning more about
education, earning a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling from
Providence College in 1984. Colonel Miller retired from the Army in 1986. His
many decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Bronze Star.
After retiring from the Army, Colonel Miller dedicated his efforts to building
men of character. He served for nearly two decades as the Dean of the Academy at
Valley Forge Military Academy & College, where he continued to exemplify the
West Point motto of "Duty, Honor, Country." He later joined The Haverford School
as the chair of the history department where he extended his love for educating
young minds and hearts by teaching military history with his collection of
vintage armor and helmets which will always be a fond memory of those he taught.
He retired from his second career as an educator of distinguished young men in
2011. Donn's joys late in life included riding his motorcycles for hundreds of
hours through the back roads of Pennsylvania and New York, and kayaking on local
Donn is survived by his wife, Carol; his daughter, Kimberly Miller of Wayne, PA;
his son, Donn Scott Miller of Claymont, DE; his grandson, Major Matthew Miller
and his wife, Bana Miller of Georgetown, TX; his granddaughter, Heather Miller
of Baltimore, MD; and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two
brothers, Barry Miller of Poquoson, VA and Alan Miller of Lake George, NY; three
sisters, Carol Maxwell of Nashville, TN, Janet (Dick) Imming of Gainesville, FL,
and Elizabeth (Robert) Hesson of Trumansburg, NY; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward G. Miller; his mother, Hazel B.
Miller; and his brother, Edward Miller.
A local Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the
Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion at Valley Forge Military Academy & College
in Wayne, where friends and family will be able to visit with the family from 10
a.m. until 11 a.m. Per his wishes, Donn will be interred later with his fellow
fallen classmates on the hallowed grounds of West Point. His family is thankful
for his special caregivers from Penn Medicine who treated him with love,
respect, and admiration. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Blue Star
Families, P.O. Box 230637, Encinitas, CA 92023-0637.
Well done, Colonel. Be Thou at Peace.