Robert Lyle Miles, M.D.
1931 - 2008, Santa Barbara (Albuquerque)
Bob passed on peacefully in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he has resided for the last four years. He was born in Beckley, West Virginia. He spent his early years growing up there and in New Martinsville and Warwood, West Virginia. He was raised by his parents Minor Carson Miles, DD, a pastor of the Methodist Church and Eva Elise Miles who played the piano for the church. He graduated from Marshall University in 1952.
Helping others in need would be his chosen path. He followed his two brothers to medical school at West Virginia University. He later transferred to the Medical College of Virginia where he graduated in 1956. He moved to Santa Barbara, California and interned at Cottage Hospital. He practiced medicine for seven years and then did his residency in Radiology at Cottage Hospital. During this time he joined the National Guard, he was very proud of this as he loved his country.
He continued his passion throughout his life. He was able to practice medicine and make a difference in many places: Plattsburgh, New York; Athens, Georgia; Wheeling, West Virginia; St. Thomas, USVI; Seneca South Carolina; St. John's, Antigua; Clemson, South Carolina. He worked as a Sideline Physician in the earlier years with his kid's schools and for Clemson University while employed at Redfern Health Center on campus. He was Chief of Staff in Seneca, South Carolina at Oconee Memorial Hospital. He had a passion for helping people, especially people who were less fortunate than he. He volunteered a lot of his knowledge for those who could not pay. He felt great pride and happiness in helping others.
Some of his major accomplishments have been introducing and being responsible for bringing much needed medical technology to many under developed islands in the Caribbean over the years, including St. Thomas, Antigua and St. Kitts. He loved the Caribbean, the people, the white sand, scuba diving, and the blue waters. In death he has joined his mother, Eva Elise Miles; father, Minor Carson Miles, DD; brothers, Harold Miles, M.D.; Howard Miles, M.D., sister, Faye Miles Potter; his daughter, Wendy Leigh (Miles) Caraway and his beloved wife, Marilyn. He leaves sons, Robert H. Miles; Charles E. Miles, Scott E. Miles, Jason H. Miles and daughter, Jill Miles-Broomhall and his wonderful grandchildren Amy P. (Miles) Bowman; Paul R. Miles; Nicholas J. Vargo , Jessica L. Broomhall and Kelly Anne Miles. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.
He struggled with Alzheimer's disease for the last five years and was a firm believer in the Hospice program. He got involved as much as he could in his early years in Albuquerque with the Alzheimer's Association of New Mexico. He touched so many young people who cared for him right till the end of his life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Alzheimer's Association of New Mexico, 9500 Montgomery NE, Suite 209 Albuquerque, New Mexico 87111. A celebration of his life will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico on November 29, 2008 French's Mortuary, Lomas and Eubank 1:00 in the afternoon.