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Dr. Robert “Bob” Miller

Dr. Robert “Bob” Miller, who had a protracted profession in floriculture as an educator, plant propagator, and product provider, has handed away at the age of 92. Miller began his profession at The Ohio State University as a professor (1958-1966), doing analysis on easter lilies and poinsettias in Wooster and educating programs in Columbus.

In 1966, Bob and household moved to Smith River, CA, to hitch Dahlstrom and Watt Bulb Farms, and shortly thereafter started a program of greenhouse building to provide west coast markets. Always a significant easter lily bulb provider, he moved closely into foliage propagation, transport rooted cuttings all through the U.S., then over time, develop into a significant provider of dormant hydrangeas for spring vacation markets.

Miller was an informative and standard speaker at the Ohio Short Course (now generally known as Cultivate) and served a few years as a director of the Seeley Conference. He was beloved by quite a few former college students and trade associates who appreciated his fast wit, to-the-point method, and interesting storytelling. He retired from D&W in 2007 and have become a grasp woodworker.

Miller is survived by his spouse, Alice, and 5 kids: Jim, Rob, Bill, Brian and Jennifer, 11 grandchildren, and seven nice grandchildren.


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