MELVIN MILLER
1936 - 2020
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MILLER--Melvin Norman November 9, 1936--May 13, 2020. Melvin Norman Miller was born November 9, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and then went on to receive both a Bachelor and Master degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 1959. Mel flourished at Cornell and the only song he knew from beginning to end was the alma mater song, "Far Above Cayuga's Waters". Mel received a Master of Science and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 1967. At Penn, Mel met his future wife, Eunice Eisenberg a fellow student. After meeting in Houston Hall, they knew it was destiny. Together they shared the national stress of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1963, the crisis was resolved, and Eunice and Mel were married. Mel started his career as an engineer at Philco in Blue Bell, PA. This led him to become an accomplished founder and creator of new technology used in the medical and oil exploration fields. He founded Geometric Data Corporation and subsequently founded NUMAR Corporation where he also became CEO. Finally, he was appointed CEO of Sion Power. Mel was a Co-Founder of the Melvin and Eunice A. Miller Foundation. Mel was well respected in the field of pattern recognition, held multiple patents including for the development of the first commercial and most widely used automated white blood cell differential system and the first magnetic resonance imaging oil well logging system. Mel created the concept of computerizing the test for diagnosing illness by counting white blood cells. Smithkline acquired the Company that Mel built and Mel remained CEO. His knowledge of the field known as composite materials led him to create the concept of using MRI technology and understand oil wells to provide above ground information. Mel took the company public. It was later acquired by Halliburton. Mel took great pleasure in his role of husband, father and grandfather ("Pappuccino"). He initially settled in Wynnewood, PA and subsequently acquired a second residence in Westhampton Beach, NY. Mel's name is memorialized by the Miller Sanctuary Congregation at Beth Hamedrosh and the Student lounge at Cornell University. Mel is survived by his wife, Eunice; his daughters, Emily, Rachel and Deborah Sakellarios; his sons-in- law, Scott Sonnenblick and Nick Sakellarios; his grandchildren, Jacob, Zoe, Maya, Gabriella, Benjamin and Daniel; and his brother, Gary Miller. Interment was at New Montefiore Cemetery and was officiated by Rabbi Marc Schneier. www.goldsteinsfun eral.com Goldsteins' Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks


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Published in New York Times on May 15, 2020.
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May 24, 2020
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Michael Daher
May 21, 2020
Mel taught me allot about being an entrepreneur. I remember the great advise he bestowed on me as I started my own business. What a great legacy.
Allen Howard
Coworker
May 21, 2020
I met Mel when he entered the oil and gas industry. He was an outsider from the medical technology industry who was convinced that Magnetic Resonance Imaging technology would be a powerful way to characterize oil and gas reservoirs. He was intially resisted by the major oil service companies who thought he would go away but he persisted and eventually his ideas and technology revolutionized the industry. I was honored to know him professionally and was a great fan. Mel was truly an exceptional man and may his memory be a blessing. Robert Freedman
Robert Freedman
Acquaintance
May 20, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Miller Family. Mel will be remembered not only by his great achievements, but by those who were lucky enough to have known him.
Edward Harris
Coworker
May 20, 2020
An amazing man, a unique person. What he did, no one can do. He walked into the oil business, with no prior experience, and changed the landscape, with persistence and vision. I remember him as a kind and considerate man, very persistent and convincing. I wish i had met him earlier in my career.
Ridvan Akkurt
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May 19, 2020
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Kristin Johnson
May 19, 2020
Dr. Miller was a kind and caring boss and we had a wonderful working relationship when he was President of Geometric Data. He was a committed father and husband and devoted to his faith.
Joyce Webber
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May 18, 2020
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Jon Goldman
May 15, 2020
My sincerest condolences to your family for the loss of your loved one, Please except my deepest sympathies.
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