June 30, 2010 — Dr. Samuel E. Miller, a former University of Virginia physician who was co-founder of the Medical Family Practice Unit, died June 3 in Abingdon. He was 95.
After military service in the 1930s, he graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a master's degree in chemistry and worked as a chemist with the Food and Drug Administration. He then went to the U.Va. School of Medicine, where he graduated in 1950. Miller returned to Abingdon and practiced medicine from 1952 until 1971, when he returned to U.Va. and co-founded the Medical Family Practice Unit. He was the only doctor there to have dual appointments in family practice and internal medicine.
After teaching at the Medical School, he returned to Abingdon. Miller began an intense study of writing in 1994, and later published a book of poetry, "Second Sight," in 2004, which is in its third printing. He was also active with local writers' and poets' groups in Abingdon.