2007 Distinguished Service Award: Lowell Miller
In addition to being a recognized scientist who helped create important pharmaceuticals, Lowell Miller is a solid supporter of the University of Missouri and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
Miller has been a supporter of CAFNR for more than 40 years. As his career gained prominence, his giving also increased. To help biochemistry students achieve their dreams, he established a scholarship in that division. Many of these graduates have become physicians and researchers making important impacts on the health of people around the globe. He has also put the College in his estate plans. His giving has placed him at the highest level of the College's Monticello Society.
He also gave his time as an Executive-in-Residence. Here, he encouraged students to consider careers in research and development. He co-chaired the CAFNR For All We Call Mizzou campaign, helping raise more than $60 million.
One of his gifts created the MU Life Sciences Center Discovery Garden symbolizing the joy and importance of research discoveries. Miller has also provided years of leadership to MU's Development Council, both as a member and chair. This group was a precursor to the Jefferson Club Trustees. His leadership helped raise $150 million in the Mizzou Leads the Way campaign in the early 1990s.
Miller, as chief scientist and senior vice president for research and development, led the pharmaceutical research team for Marion Laboratories in Kansas City for fifteen years—an effort that resulted in several life-changing drugs for humankind. It was on his watch that a major cardiovascular pharmaceutical was developed by his team of scientists and support staff that has benefited millions of people.
He has served on many community programs in that city, including a not-for-profit nursing home, a University-associated hospital and an eye bank, among others. He also served as a member of Marion's board of directors. At the present time, he is a member of the board of directors for the world's largest emergency helicopter company.
Miller earned a bachelor of science degree from MU in 1957 and a master's degree in biochemistry in 1958. His biochemistry doctorate was completed in 1960.
"IN THE 20 YEARS THAT I HAVE KNOWN DR. MILLER, HE HAS BEEN A MODEL VOLUNTEER, GIVING HIS TIME AND TALENT. THROUGH PERSONAL CONTACTS AND COMMITTEE WORK, HE HAS OPENED MANY DOORS FOR US AND PROVIDED VALUABLE COUNSEL ON STRATEGIC PLANNING."
— Linda L'Hote, Associate Vice Chancellor of MU Development
He continues to make personal recommendations to young people to consider attending CAFNR where he knows from experience that they will get an education that will allow them to achieve their career aspirations.
Miller supports Columbia, Mo.'s Memorial Day Weekend activities. "It is my choice to inform you of the qualities that he encompasses in his daily life," said Mary McCleary Posner, chairman and founder of the event. "Loyalty to friends, steadfast in relationships, love of his country and devotion to the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources would only touch the surface. He is, frankly, the epitome of the Renaissance man, a jewel in our crown."