R. Glen Miller, Class of 1954

Posted Feb 21, 2020

R. Glenn ‘Grotto’ Miller ’54 died April 5, 2018. He was born Oct. 20, 1932. While at Otterbein, Glenn earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology. He was treasurer of the “O” Club and student council and a member of Lambda Gamma Epsilon (Kings) fraternity. Glenn also played football and sang in the Men’s Glee Club.
After graduation he worked as a bio-chemist at Westinghouse and then to Ohio Department of Agriculture Labs in Ohio. He was a past president of the American Association of Feed Microscopists, a member of the American Chemical Society and a private pilot.
In 1979 Glenn took a position in Minnetonka, MN as manager of the analytical laboratory at Cargill research. Here he was able to travel worldwide teaching feed microscopy which is the study of matter under a microscope used to detect adulterants, foreign bodies and impurities in ground feeds and feedstuffs. He was able to do research on Mad Cow Disease in the 1980’s for Sunshine Mills in Canada.
Glenn formed Surfside Microscopy Consulting business that specialized in agriculture feed and food. He helped young chemists by grading their papers and teaching them visible microscopy. With this business he then moved to Myrtle Beach, SC where he served as Owner/Operator/CEO.
‘Grotto’ quoted in his 50th class reunion memory book that “There is an old saying that old microscopists never die, they just lose their focus.” He is survived by his wife Peggy, children Steve, Laurie, and Nancy, along with grandchildren.