Ed Miller '47 August 3, 2022 4:00 PM updated: August 3, 2022 4:14 PM
Dr. Ed Crow Miller
August 31, 1925 – July 27, 2022
John 11: 25 shares the word of Jesus: “I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”
Hail curator cutis! Ed Crow Miller, M.D. was a Christian man who lived 96 great years. Born in Cleburne, Texas, on August 31, 1925, he died on July 27, 2022. He was John Wilson Miller and Bernice Crow Miller’s second child and the brother of Lucile Douglas Miller May, who all predeceased him. Ed Crow and Cile maintained an imperishable sibling bond, exchanging weekly letters until her death in 2015.
As an 8-year-old, Ed Crow yelled at Clyde Barrow when the gangster stole the family’s Ford V-8 from the Miller driveway in Cleburne. It was Clyde’s penultimate stolen car. “Clyde and I have different styles. I prefer killing people with kindness.” Ed Crow was the 1941 Johnson County Junior Champion golfer and held the title for five years running. “They cancelled the tournament during the war- just don’t tell anybody.” He received the Success Will Be His Award from the Cleburne High School Class of 1943. The Yellow Jackets of that year also chose As Time Goes By as their class song from the newly released movie Casablanca.
Ed Crow earned one of two Texas Senatorial Appointments to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1943, but was prohibited from entry at the last minute because of poor eyesight. Determined to serve his country, he conquered 4-F status by memorizing the U.S. Navy eye chart and enlisting. “That was the only test I ever had to cheat on.” He spent 16 months in the Philippines serving as Pharmacist’s Mate, Second Class, aboard the M.S. Brastagi, a former Dutch inter-island freighter, and in residence at Fleet Hospital No. 114 in Samar, P.I., where he helped heal the sick and wounded. He also learned to climb palm trees. Japanese and German are not compulsory languages in this country thanks to sacrifices by the USA and its friends around the world that lead to victory in World War II. “I never expected to come home from the Pacific”, said Ed Crow, “but I’m mighty glad I did.”
Ed Crow admitted to no favorite color, but an Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas education makes maroon the likely leader in the clubhouse. He was Old Army Class of ’47. “Always say howdy and tight grip that hand. Remember, as an Aggie, you've got to be a real man.” -Monte Swatzell '48. Baylor University College of Medicine stationed Ed Crow in Houston for four years, then he moved to Dallas for Baylor Hospital internship and a Parkland Hospital residency. He cut a wide and handsome swath in Harris and Dallas County social circles, enjoying memberships in Baylor Med’s Phi Beta Pi fraternity, the Idlewild and Terpsichorean Clubs, the Dallas Country Club and Brook Hollow Golf Club.
His 65-year career in dermatology began in 1954 under preceptorship with the renowned Dr. Bedford Shelmire, Sr. - Bedford was the son of the first doctor to practice dermatology west of the Mississippi. Ed Crow then opened his own Preston Center office in 1958. His medical practice was famous for patient house calls, driveway consultations and hand-crafted medical potions. He was the Dallas Cowboys’ team dermatologist from 1960 to 1988. When Tom Landry stepped away from the team, so did he. But Ed Crow Miller continued to cheerfully serve generations of the dermatologically challenged until his retirement in November of 2019, at age 94. Happily, a wonderful group of loyal patients survive him. “Without those great folks,” he always told his family, “there would be no bread on this table.” The man then took his foot off the gas for the first time in his life, retiring to the family home to spend his last days in joy and peace with his bride of almost 63 years, Lulu.
There are few books about the second world war that Ed Crow did not read. He was famous for his handwritten notes, long backswing, creative party invitations, quick sense of humor and dedication to the service of others. He was a fine dancer (specializing in a notorious Birmingham Hop-Polka combination), a marvelous storyteller and a ruthless organizer of golf games with his friends. Every preposterous nickname he gave stuck. He loved Highland Park Presbyterian Church and his Sunday morning bible study that started in 1962, which he never missed. He abridged Romans 8 into four words: “It all works out!” His preference for brevity in prayer was legendary: “Lord thank you for 50 great years Amen” almost ruined his 50th wedding anniversary dinner. The table (including his wife, who had hoped for a bit more out of her co-star) exploded in laughter.
He married Eula Lee McBride Miller in 1959 and she survives him. The Millers’ was a blessed and happy Christian marriage, hallmarked by the great food and hospitality of their Shenandoah homeplace; three children, John Crow (Julie), Shirley Elizabeth and Bryan McBride; four grandchildren, Sarah (Jonathan), Wilson, Kaki and Mary Crow. Ed Crow is also survived by George P. “Buddy” Macatee, III and Shirley McBride Macatee of Dallas and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Cile and Lawrence Lister May, Jr. of Vivian, Louisiana.
Graveside Services are pending.
Memorials, if desired, should be made to Highland Park Presbyterian Church or Faith Presbyterian Hospice. To God be the glory for Ed Crow Miller’s wonderful life - proof positive that the fundamental things apply… as time goes by.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.Sparkman-Hillcrest.com for the Miller family.