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June 22, 1937 – Aug. 7, 2014

Robert J. Miller, a pharmacist, teacher, elder-care specialist and sailor with a zest for life, died Thursday in Niagara Hospice, Lockport. The Youngstown resident was 77.

Mr. Miller devoted his career to building a geriatrics pharmacy practice at 2121 Main Prescription Center in Buffalo, with a focus on consulting and senior care services. He was president and chief executive officer until the company was sold in 1994.

At the University at Buffalo, his alma mater, he helped develop the geriatrics and long-term care curriculums for the College of Pharmacy. From 1979 to 1998, he served as adjunct clinical instructor. He was the first to receive the “Preceptor of the Year” award.

He mentored students, was a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council and served on the Development Committee. He also helped develop student chapters of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and encourage learning in the growing field of caring for older adults.

Mr. Miller earned “fellow” status at the UB School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, where he helped other companies develop marketing and strategic plans. He was an adviser to the Pharmacists Association of Western New York, helping to draft state legislation for collaborative pharmacy practices.

In recent years, he and his wife, Sharon, split time between their residences in Youngstown and Sarasota, Fla. He sculpted marble and alabaster, and enjoyed sailing, including Lake Ontario, Little Sarasota Bay and the British Virgin Islands.

“He won a race in Sarasota while he was quite sick a few months ago. He felt so proud of being able to finish that,” said Sharon Miller. “We were intense, but we had a lot of fun.”

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Rachel; a son, David; a sister, Corrine Meyers; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service was Sunday in Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.