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Rev. Michael Miller, minister, health care worker; Oct. 10, 1939 -- May 5, 2012

The Rev. Michael Miller, a minister, former health care administrator and retired college adviser, died Saturday in Erie County Medical Center. He was 72.

Born in Detroit, Mr. Miller enlisted in the Army in 1959 and served in the 82nd Airborne Division. He survived a 1,250-foot parachute fall that resulted in his spending a year in the hospital at Fort Campbell, Ky., with a bone infection.

After his military discharge, Mr. Miller enrolled in the University at Buffalo, where he earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's in social science, with an emphasis in health care administration and planning.

He was variously employed as director of ambulatory care at Sheehan Memorial Hospital; chief executive officer at Geneva B. Scruggs Health Care Center; and as regional director of Preventive Health Services. He also served as a project director with the Erie County Health Department; executive director of Health Care Corp.'s United Neighbor Facilities; and a program evaluation specialist for Model Cities.

After more than 25 years in the health care industry, Mr. Miller joined the staff of Bryant & Stratton College as a senior academic adviser. He retired earlier this year.

He was a Pentecostal minister and lived above Beulah Church and Home of Christ's Saints Church on the city's East Side in the 1970s. He and his wife took in several teenage boys and helped them pursue better lives. They also opened their home to more than 30 foster children and eventually adopted four girls.

His wife of 38 years, Ajri Waire Miller, died in 2005.

He is survived by six daughters, Esther Dillard, Rebekah, Ebbonique, Niyah, Lashairee and Chanel; and two sisters, Patricia Stanley and Nancy Banks.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Tabernacle of Praise Church, 1787 Genesee St.