Valda Miller with St Andrews CEO Chris Went in front of a print donated to St Andrews Hospital in memory of her late husband Dr Malcolm Miller.
Valda Miller with St Andrews CEO Chris Went in front of a print donated to St Andrews Hospital in memory of her late husband Dr Malcolm Miller. Rob Williams

Dr Seuss print honours Dr Malcolm Miller's life work

FOR the littlest patients at St Andrew's Private Hospital, the simple Dr Seuss print that looks over their ward is nothing more than a bright picture.

For the staff though, the print is a small reminder of the larger-than-life presence that was the highly skilled and highly respected Dr Malcolm Miller.

Dr Miller spent the last days of his life as a patient in St Andrew's Hospital after more than 30 years as one of its paediatricians.

Malcolm MillerPhoto: Contributed
Malcolm MillerPhoto: Contributed Contributed

He died from cancer in September 2015, almost 20 years after he was first diagnosed.

Generations of his family gathered at St Andrew's Hospital last week to unveil the Dr Seuss print, which now hangs in the Patterson Paediatric ward.

Family members and colleagues took the chance to honour Dr Miller's expertise and dedication to the hospital before his wife Valda Miller unveiled the print, chosen from the book Stars Upon Thars.

"In 1996, he was given four years to live," Mrs Miller said.

Mrs Miller said Dr Miller was a courageous and stubborn man who was dedicated to the thousands of children he treated during his lifetime.

"He used to say he learned as much from his patients as they learned from him," she said.

Dr Miller's colleague Dr Robert McGregor worked with him since his first day at St Andrew's in 1984.

He described Dr Miller as a man with a towering intellect who had the ability to go on through adversity that would have felled a lesser man.

"Malcolm had a courage that I think was universally admired."

St Andrew's chief executive officer Chris Went said Dr Miller's family were also now permanent members of the St Andrew's family.

"It was a great privilege and honour to provide care for one of our own during the last weeks of Malcolm's life and we are truly blessed to have known Malcolm and to have shared him with his family," she said.

CELEBRATION: Family of former Paediatrician Malcolm Miller in front of a special print donated to St Andrews in his memory at a special ceremony on Friday.
CELEBRATION: Family of former Paediatrician Malcolm Miller in front of a special print donated to St Andrews in his memory at a special ceremony on Friday. Rob Williams

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