February 15, 1922March 4, 2013

Dorothy Louise Miller was born February 15, 1922 in Mystic, CT. She was the daughter of Joseph Lindsey and Sadie Sarah Sanchez Miller. She attended Broadway Grammar School and graduated from Stonington High School in June, 1939. She entered The William W. Backus School of Nursing in September, 1939 and graduated from there in October, 1942. She became a registered nurse following the Connecticut State Board Examinations for Nurses. She worked at the Backus Hospital in these positions: staff nurse, head nurse, nursing instructor, assistant director in the school of nursing, associate director in the school of nursing and associate director for nursing education and patient instruction until her retirement, forty-five years later in October, 1987. During her working career, she received a bachelor of nursing from the University of Connecticut in 1955 and a master of arts in education from Trinity Collage in Hartford in 1965. She was a member of the American Nurses Association, the Backus School of Nursing Alumnae Association (she served as president for many years), a past member of the Naitonal League of Nursing. She was also a member of the American Cancer Society, Lupus Foundation, New London Landmarks, New London Maritime Society and a past member of Mystic Marine Life Aquarium, the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. Awards received: Volunteer recognition in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994 and 1996 from the American Cancer Society Service Above Self from the Norwich Rotary Club in 1995 Volunteer appreciation from the American Diabetes Association in 1990 New London Landmarks Volunteer Service Award in 2000


  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 9, 2013
  • Visiting Hour Saturday, March 9, 2013


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March 10, 2013

Miss Miller was one of the most professional nurses that I ever worked with. She set an example we should all hope to attain.
I will miss her.
Yvonne Claffey RN

March 9, 2013

Dorothy became my friend when I met her more than 20 years ago. She was not only a dedicated nurse, she was also a dedicated friend - someone I trusted implicitly. Needless to say, friends like Dorothy Miller can never be replaced. I offer my condolences and prayers to her family.
~ Kathleen Provencher, Norwich, Connecticut

Dottie Gutaj-RN

March 9, 2013

I have wonderful fond memories of Miss Miller from way back in the 1970's when I was an aide at the hospital. She would come and inspect to make sure the corners of all the beds were "properly" made. She was in inspiration to me and a role model in the nursing profession and what wholistic care was all about. I also had the privaledge to work with her through various committee work with the American Cancer Society. She will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Rosemary Bilodeau RN

March 9, 2013

My condolences to friends and family members on the passing of a gentle woman and a nurse prototype that will be fondly remembered at Backus Hospital.

Cindy Arpin

March 9, 2013

A sweet woman with a passion for nurses and the history of our profession. I'm grateful to have known her. My thoughts and prayers to her family.

Judith Stern

March 9, 2013

She was an inspiration to everyone both as a nurse and a caring person. Judith [Blanchard] Stern

Daryl Hurlock

March 8, 2013

I wish to express my condolences to Miss Miller's family and friends. The nurses at Backus Hospital have been inspired by Miss Miller's dedication to her nursing profession and she has been an example of caring professionalism. She touched many lives over the years and we have benefited from her healing art.

Linda Bonfoey Fraser

March 8, 2013

My Mom's best friend and classmate from Backus Hospital. She was a wonderful person and my mother will be devastated that she has passed away as they chatted often. She was a great role model and friend. Please accept our condolences from the Bonfoey family in Arizona.

Heidi Morse RN

March 8, 2013

Miss Miller was a true W.W. Backus luminary who will be missed very much.

Amy Henderson (Ernie's youngest)

March 8, 2013

It is with many regrets to hear of Aunt Dottie passing. I have thought of her & many other family members over the past few years & always said "I'll call later", & now I've missed that chance. I will carry many childhood memories of her, the house on Vauxhall, fried dough & an always welcoming smile. She was truly a strong & beautiful person, seemingly always taking care of someone somehow.

I sincerely wish that I could make the service this weekend, but know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of the family in this difficult time. May she at last rest in peace.