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Sad Passing of Dr. Gordon Miller


Dr. Gordon Proffit Miller, Sr., passed away on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at the age of 90 in his home in Wilksboro, NC. He was born December 24th, 1930 in Wilkes County to William Reece and Nettie Proffit Miller.  He grew up on a dairy farm in Laurel Springs.  He earned a baccalaureate degree in Animal Industry from North Carolina State University and a DVM from the University of Georgia in 1963. He joined Holly Farms Poultry Industries after graduation and served successively in positions of increasing responsibility including Vice President of Live Production Services. He transitioned to Tyson Foods in 1989 following the purchase of Holly Farms, rising to Senior Vice President of Live Production and Senior Veterinarian until his retirement in 2004.


Among many honors, Dr. Miller received the C.A. Bottorff Award from the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) in 1996 in recognition of his significant contributions as an avian pathologist to poultry health programs in North America. Dr. Miller was a life member of the AAAP, and a life member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. In 2006, Dr. Miller was inducted into the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.


Gordon was uniquely qualified to advance chicken production, combining his veterinary knowledge with extensive practical experience. He was an early advocate of in ovo vaccination contributing to the successful adoption of the technology, now an industry standard.


Dr. Miller was well-known and respected in his local community.  He was a charter member of the North Wilkesboro Rotary Club and served as its President from 1987-88.  He was a Paul Harris Fellow Recipient.   Dr. Miller was a military veteran having served a 2-year tour in South Korea.


Dr. Miller is survived by his wife of 63 years, Myrtle Jean Hudler Miller of the home; one son, Dr. Gordon P. “Chip” Miller, Jr. of Springdale, AR. and five grandchildren

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