Beatrice Miller, 87, nursing director, teacher

February 08, 2004

Beatrice Miller, a former director of Nursing at Sinai Hospital and instructor at the College of Notre Dame in Baltimore, died of congestive heart failure Thursday at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital. The Mount Washington resident was 87.

Born in Chicago, Beatrice Stern grew up in Hammond, Ind. She graduated from St. Margaret's School of Nursing there before earning three degrees from Indiana University, including an education doctorate in nursing.

"Her big thing was education," said her husband of 51 years, Dr. David I. Miller, a retired internist.

Dr. Miller spent most of her career educating others at schools including St. Margaret's, Indiana University, University of Maryland and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

In 1959, Dr. Miller was recruited by Sinai Hospital to become its director of nursing as well as the director of the school of nursing. She was the first woman to hold a top administrative post there.

"She was a women's rights person, too," her husband said. "She spoke softly, but carried a big stick."

After leaving Sinai in 1964, Dr. Miller continued teaching and joined her husband at his practice in Owings Mills, helping to run the office. The pair retired together about six years ago, and continued their shared interests: opera, working for the American Diabetes Association and running Camp Glyndon for diabetic children, in southern Maryland.

"She had a lot of integrity, a lot of morals and a lot of principles - more than most," her husband said. "That came through in all of her endeavors."

Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

In addition to her husband, Dr. Miller is survived by a daughter, Joetta M. Miller of Baltimore; a son, Marvin N. Miller of Chicago; and two brothers, Jack Stern of Chicago and Paul Stern of St. Petersburg, Fla.

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