Alice Anne Miller Alice Anne Miller

Alice Anne Miller, whose interests and accomplishments literally spanned the globe, died on Sunday at her home in Luther Crest, Allentown. She was 79. Her life included service as a biologist, Navy wife, hospital chaplain, small-business entrepreneur, founder of a Unity Church, college trustee, foundation leader and philanthropist. But those are mere titles that fall short of describing her warmth, generosity and impact on every community she ever lived in, and many she didn’t. Alice was the daughter of Donald P. Miller, publisher of The Morning Call, and Marjorie Wright Miller, a poet whose poems are published in her book, “Fragments Grave and Gay.” Her paternal grandfather was David A. Miller, publisher and founder of The Morning Call, and her maternal grandmother was Ada V. Wright, founder of The Wright School. Alice graduated from Allentown High School in 1955 and Mount Holyoke College in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in zoology. After graduation, she worked at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. She lived in Long Island, Norfolk, New Orleans, and Bremerton, WA, before returning to the Lehigh Valley in 1977. Alice traveled repeatedly to bring comfort and aid to people in many countries, including Jamaica, Haiti, Ethiopia, Ghana and India, where she worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta. She founded the Unity Church in Emmaus after taking courses at Unity Village in Missouri to become a licensed Unity teacher. She led many workshops as an active member of the church. She also worked at the Church of the Savior in Washington, D.C. For many years she was a trustee of Cedar Crest College and was part of the search committee that brought Dorothy Blaney to the college as president. For her service, Alice was given an honorary doctor’s degree. Alice served for 18 years as one of the original trustees of The Century Fund, a foundation set up by her father to distribute funds to charitable organizations in the Lehigh Valley. Alice was also a volunteer at The Pavillon International, a North Carolina treatment and renewal center. Alice suffered from Parkinson’s disease for more than 25 years, a disease that slowed her down but did not stop her charitable work.

Alice is survived by her son Peter Kalb and his wife Jaclyn of New Tripoli; her daughter Nancy Barton and her husband Howard of New York City; her grandchildren Phillip Kalb, Donald Kalb, and Alicia Barton; her stepsons Kenneth Souser of Jamesville, NY, and Kery Souser of Drexel Hill, PA; her sister, Joan Miller Moran and her husband Bill Fenza of Allentown; and her brother Edward D. Miller of Woodstock, GA, and his wife Cindy.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2017, at 11 A.M., in St. John's United Church of Christ, 36 S. 6th St. Allentown. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 7 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. in the J. S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th and Hamilton Sts. Allentown and on Thursday, from 10 A.M. to 11 A.M. at the Church.

Contributions may be made in her memory to: Unity of Lehigh Valley 26 N. 3rd St. Emmaus, PA 18049, Cedar Crest College 100 College Dr. Allentown, PA 18104, or to Allentown Symphony Association, 23 N. 6th St. Allentown, PA 18101.

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