Dane A. Miller

Passed away on February 10, 2015, he was 69.

Dr. Miller was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio on February 7, 1946.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Louise; his two daughters, Kimberly VanSessen and Stephany Mullen; four grandchildren; two brothers, Grant and Neal Miller; and one sister, Julia Kussmaul.

Dr. Miller received his BS in Mechanical Materials Science Engineering from General Motors Institute in 1969.

He then earned his Masters and Ph.D. in Material Science-Biomedical Engineering from UC CEAS in 1971 and 1974, respectively.

Dr. Miller co-founded Biomet, Inc. in 1977, and served as its President and Chief Executive Officer from its inception until March 2006, when he retired.

He continued to serve on the Board of Directors of Biomet after that.

"Dane Miller was a true pioneer both regarding the development of new technologies and in the management and development of Biomet's unique work environment and culture," wrote current Biomet President and CEO Jeff Binder.

"Under his leadership, Biomet grew from a company with $17,000 in revenues in 1978, our first full year of operation, to one with higher than $2 billion in sales in 2006.

Dr. Miller had garnered a wide range of accomplishments including being named Entrepreneur of the Year (1989), being awarded the Small Business Administration National Entrepreneurial Success Award by President George Bush (1991), creating several new joint replacement systems, and servicing over one million patients annually.

As a distinguished member of the UC-CEAS College Advisory Council, Dr. Miller had always shown a sincere appreciation and strong support for the college.

The Miller Laboratory (Engineering Research Center 881) and the Dane A. and Mary Louise Miller Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering are both dedicated through the generosity of Dr. Miller and his wife.

Dr. and Mrs. Miller also established Dr. Dane and Mary Louise Miller Foundation in order to provide financial assistance to various charitable organizations, in addition to educational scholarships.

UC CEAS Dean Lim reflects, “Dane’s profound contributions to the biomedical field are unquestioned and reflected in his outstanding reputation and numerous awards and honors.

His legacy will live on through his work and his generous donations to the University and the community.

Dane was a kind-hearted man, a dedicated mentor, and a natural born leader—he will be deeply missed by all the people whose lives he touched.”