Dr. Abbott Richard Miller

February 10, 1932April 30, 2019

Dr. Abbott Richard Miller (age 87) was born on February 10, 1932 in Brockton, Massachusetts and died on April 30, 2019 at 5:07 AM at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, from complications of heart failure.

He leaves his cherished wife Lois Miller (nee Mendelsohn), 4 children (Linda Miller Rice, Michael Miller, Gregg Miller and Todd Miller) and their respective spouses (Kenny Rice, Rachel Berkovits Miller, Cassandra Miller and Sarah Bunkin) and 11 grandchildren (Pamela and Adam, Sam and his wife Lottie Hedden, Anna, Sarah and Jacob, Isabella and Julian and Josie, Jaya and Weston). He is the beloved son of the late Manuel Miller and Anna Borvick, brother of Phyllis Miller Weiner and former husband of the late Paula Shoolman (deceased 1968). He is reunited with many loved ones and his beloved Jack Russell Terrier Dvorak.

Abbott graduated from Brockton High School in 1949, having been selected to represent Plymouth County in the World Boy Scout Jamboree in Europe in 1947. He attended Harvard College (class of 1953) and Harvard Medical School (class of 1957), from which he graduated with Magna Cum Laude and Alpha Omega Alpha honors. Following medical school, he interned with the Harvard Service at Boston City Hospital and then served 3 years as a captain in the US Army, stationed in Saint Jean-de-la-Ruelle, Orleans, France. He then completed his residency in Radiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1964.

After residency, Abbott joined the staff at the Truesdale Clinic and Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, MA as a practicing radiologist through his retirement in 2002. He served as a Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Radiation Medicine at Brown University Medical School, educating future generations of radiology residents.

Abbott was a proud Co-Chairman of his 60th Harvard College Reunion Committee and greatly valued his tenure as President of the Brockton Audubon Society. His love of travel (including to all 7 continents), gardening, bird-watching and nature photography and self-edification was only superseded by his unyielding love of and support for his family.

Funeral services will be held at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, 475 Washington Street, Canton, MA on Thursday, May 2nd at 12 Noon, followed by burial at Plymouth Rock Cemetery, 1000 Pearl Street, Brockton, MA.

Memorial observance will be held at the home of Michael and Rachel Miller on Thursday following burial until 6 PM and continuing from 7-9 PM. Shiva will continue at their home on Friday, May 3rd from 2-4 PM and 5-7 PM; and on Sunday May 5th from 12-2 PM and 4-6 PM.

Donations in his honor may be made to his much adored Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (, 375 Sanctuary Road West, Naples, FL 34120.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 2, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, May 2, 2019


Dr. Abbott Richard Miller

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Laurie Appleby

May 4, 2019

Dear Lois and Family,
I was so sorry to hear of Abbott’s passing.
His calm and loving presence during visits with your Dad was much appreciated.
I know you will miss him dearly. I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Laurie Appleby

Betty Gilson

May 3, 2019

Dr. Miller was definitely one of my favorite parents among the many for the children I taught over the years in Brockton. He was a supportive parent and helper in all that you children did when you were in my classes. My favorite memory is his leading us on a Sat. morning field trip to the Bird Sanctuary in Brockton and sharing his wonderful knowledge. He was so vibrant and energetic I always thought of him as MUCH younger than I, but it was only 3 years. He will be sorely missed. But memories of him will always bring you joy.

Barbara Mendelsohn

May 1, 2019

My sincere condolences to my sister Lois and her family. Some of my fondest memories of my brother-in-law Abbott are about our many outings to different restaurants where we were all told by Abbott to make sure to save room for dessert! I remember fondly sharing a coconut cream pie at Henry' of Abbott's favorites. My recent venture into the world of birding and photography was inspired by Abbott and his love of birds and wildlife. Rest in Peace will be dearly missed!

Anna Delegas

May 1, 2019

To Lois and her wonderful family
my deepest condolences for their lost.
Although my contact with Abbott was
limited, in those times his kindness and
welcoming nature came across clearly to me. May he rest in peace and always
be reminded by his family and friends
as the gentle man he was.




May 1, 2019

Abbott will be so sorely missed, and that is not just by his wife, family and friends. The world was a better place with him in it. He was kind, gentle, and so easy going. Abbott could strike up a conversation with anyone no matter what walk of life you were from and make you feel right at home, important, and cared for.
The relationship he has (it will continue in spirit) with his wife Lois is a perfect one and I only wish I could approach half that. Then that type of relationship extended to the children, grandchildren and beyond. I remember fondly spending time with them on the Vineyard and in New Hampshire where my wife, son and myself were made to feel like the most important people in the world..... RIP my friend

Laurel Cohen

April 30, 2019

To all the wonderful Miller family. My memories of Abbott are all the trips we shared of the nature of birds and wildlife with the best teacher , Also the times we spent together eating and sharing experiences. Of course there were the hats that you wore. Way back we welcomed Lois to the family with an engagement party at my house. We will miss him very much. Love Laurel an Jim Carr