Ada — Ross Hays Miller was born in Ada, Oklahoma, on January 30, 1923, to Rev. Harry Winter Miller and Helen Miriam Rice. He married Catherine Railey in Ada, OK., in May 1943.
He received a bachelor of science degree from East Central State College, Ada, Oklahoma, 1943 and the M.D. degree from University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in 1946. He interned at St. Lukes Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, 1946-47, followed by Service in the United States Armed Forces in Korea, as captain in the Medical Corps, and chief of surgery of the 382nd Station Hospital, 1947-49.
He received his training in Neurological Surgery at the Mayo Graduate School, and the University of Minnesota 1950-1954. He was appointed as a consultant in Neurological Surgery in 1954. Dr. Miller was successively Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor of Neurological Surgery 1954-1983 at Mayo, and served as Chairman of Department of Neurological Surgery, 1975-1980. He was elected President of the Staff in 1976. Dr. Miller retired from Mayo Clinic in January, 1983. The Mayo Foundation awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1992.
He was certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery in 1956, and served on their Board of Directors from 1978-1984, and the Residency Review Committee, 1973-1978. He was a member of The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Neurological Society of America, Society of Neurological Surgeons and has held offices in each of these organizations, and several others.
In 1977 Dr. Miller was inducted into the Oklahoma Heritage Hall of Fame. He also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from East Central State University in Ada, Oklahoma, and was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame for tennis and basketball. He was an outstanding athlete his entire life, an extraordinary tennis player in his earlier years, and low-handicap golfer later in life.
Dr. and Mrs. Miller retired to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina in 1983.