Jack Maurice Miller M.D.
Jack Maurice Miller, M.D. passed away suddenly on February 18, 2021 to return to his sweetheart, Anne Riley, in the kingdom of heaven. Born to Dr. Cleo Miller and wife Kathryn on December 14, 1930 in Nashville, Jack spent his life as a dedicated humble servant in the field of orthopedic surgery.
Along with his younger siblings Jimmy, Berenice and Jean Ann, his family traveled around the country staying close to their father while he served as a military doctor during World War II. After the war, Jack trained with his father at Miller Clinic often assisting his dad with medical procedures. At the age of 15 he performed his first tonsillectomy. Those were the days before HIPPA when the best medical training you could receive was to learn side by side with a pro. He attended Duncan School Class of '48, Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt Medical School Class of '56. During his undergrad years at Vanderbilt, Jack was an all SEC shortstop and Captain for Commodores. Finishing his residency at IU in Indianapolis, he returned to Nashville in 1964 to begin his orthopedic practice at Miller Clinic. He would retire twice: once in 1999 from Miller Medical and finally in 2017 from the VA in Murfreesboro after serving there for 10 years. By then he was 87 years old. He loved his work and hated to let it go. Our family has always felt extremely fortunate to have his medical knowledge and guidance at all times in our lives. He generously shared this knowledge with friends and family. Dr. Jack was a true healer.
Music was a passion for Jack. He was a gifted pianist who played by ear. Family sing-alongs have always been an important part of the Miller family. His siblings, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will forever treasure the memories of him playing his favorite songs on the piano. Jack loved baseball and golf just as equally. His ability to recall the most mind numbing baseball statistics was astounding. He played minor league baseball for the Nashville Vols at Sulphur Dell. And golf? Jack remembered every important anniversary or birthday by some type of golf event that took place on the specific date. Not only did he love golf, but he was an exceptional golfer. Anyone who played golf with him will back us up on this. He won Club Championship at Hillwood 3 times, once in each decade in the 70s, 80s, 90s. Jack continued playing in his beloved Monday golf group through this past autumn.
Jack met the love of his life, Anne Riley Whitmer, when he was a freshman at Vandy. They married in 1954 and boy, was that a wild ride. He often commented to her that he was lucky because he got to marry her twice. Jack and Anne Riley raised 3 children together who learned from their parents to honor and respect all paths and walks in life. He was gentle, easy to talk to, and had a good sense of humor. He could laugh at himself, which was a good thing because he had the funniest things happen to him.
His siblings Jean Ann, Berenice and Jimmy are heart broken to lose their dear brother who took over as their father when Dr. Cleo died. He was always there for anyone in need of his God given talents.
Preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his son-in-law, Dennis Spain. He is survived by daughters Lori Ryden, Christi Spain, and son John Miller; brother Jimmy Miller, sisters, Berenice Denton (Jimmy), Jean Ann McNally (Mike); grandchildren Dustin Spain (Chrisie), Riley Spain Damiani, Hannah Spain Raccuglia (Joe), Jack Spain, Jackson Ryden, Tyler Ryden, Anna Ryden; great-grandchildren Kate Spain, Abby Spain, Izzy Spain, Eli Damiani, Juju Damiani, Charlie Rucculgia, Henry Rucculgia.
Due to the unfortunate circumstances of our times, the family is hoping for a memorial service in April. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in honor of Dr. Jack Miller at The Lungevity Foundation (lung cancer research) at lungevity.org
or The Healy Center for ALS @ Mass General and mailed to the Massachusetts General Hospital Development office at 125 Nashua St. #540 Boston, MA 02114 Attn: K. Wojcicki. Donations can also be made online at giving.massgeneral.org
. Please be sure to indicate that the gift is a memorial gift in honor of Dr. Jack Miller for Dennis Spain.