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Alexander Miller passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, from complications from cholangiocarcinoma.

Lex was born on May 28, 1948 in the small fishing village of Donaghadee, Northern Ireland. He soon moved to Belfast where he remembered taking a double-decker city bus to school.

In the summer of 1954, his family emigrated from Ireland to the United States. With accommodation in the tween-decks, they sailed from Cobh, Ireland, aboard the Georgic. Upon arriving in New York, the family traveled by train to their new home in Washington, DC.

They later moved to Rockville, Maryland. Lex attended Peary High School, where he was class president, participated in “It’s Academic” and took his future wife, Pam, on their first date at the Junior Prom.

In 1966, Lex went to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He portrayed Lehigh on the ‘GE College Bowl’ game show with an undefeated streak. In May 1970, Lex graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, celebrated his 22nd birthday, and married the love of his life; all in one week. Lex and Pam started their married life together in Bethlehem: Pam taught in first grade and Lex earned a Masters of Arts and Teaching while teaching Math and English.

In 1971, they returned to Maryland where Lex began teaching in Montgomery County public schools. Meanwhile, he and Pam welcomed their first child, Chris, and then moved to Gaithersburg. In 1980, Lex reoriented his career and accepted a position with the actuarial firm The Wyatt Company (now Willis Towers Watson). He and Pam welcomed their second child, Elizabeth, while Lex continued to take actuarial exams to earn his Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) designation. He took a brief leave which was meant to be time for study and reflection on his future career path. The leave turned out to be successful; Lex decided to move from a consultant position to leading a team at the research center. He continued his employment with Wyatt until his retirement in 2002.

Lex pursued many hobbies and interests. He loved to cycle and took the C&O Canal towpath from DC to Cumberland one section at a time. It was on this road that he discovered Shepherdstown. He was looking for a place to park his bike and have lunch when he came across the small college town. Over time and subsequent visits, it became his dream destination after his retirement. Years after his first visit, he and Pam moved in 2004. Here they found an amazing community of people, who far exceeded their dreams of living in a small town.

Retired and with his children launched into the world, Lex worked to support and be a part of the community he had discovered. He made many wonderful friends, each supporting the community in their own way, lending their talents and gifts for the greater good.

Everywhere he went, he brought unlimited knowledge, wisdom and a broad perspective. He cared about the future that none of us would live to see. For this, he: installed solar panels, bought locally, composted daily, did not use toxic chemicals on his lawn and quietly drank his tap water.

His seemingly endless knowledge base was driven by a life of reading and a curiosity to understand and make sense of the world. He had wit, memory, a dry sense of humor, and a clear-headedness for problem-solving. Although he worked hard and conscientiously, he was always aware of the enormous role that luck and circumstances play in the health, wealth and happiness of all of us. He was keenly aware of the inequalities and the hardships endured by others. He struggled to restore balance where he could, working more comfortably behind the scenes. He used his gifts and wisdom to care for those he loved and to contribute and share his talents and treasure with those in need.

A lover of numbers, he was AARP’s voluntary tax assistant for 20 years. First in Maryland. Then in West Virginia. He has served as Treasurer of the local Audubon Society and the Fernbank Home Owners Association, among other board positions.

Due to a healthy body, he has regularly donated platelets to the Red Cross Blood Bank for over 20 years. He volunteered with Good Shepherd Caregivers, providing transportation to doctor’s appointments.

Given his love of books and his passion for reading, he volunteered at the Shepherdstown Public Library to deliver and return library books for the classrooms at Shepherdstown Daycare. He also supported the development of the construction of the new library in Shepherdstown. he delivered “The good news” paper at Jefferson County locations.

Since he always had enough to eat, he supported food programs in West Virginia and beyond.

Given his love of the arts, he supported the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University. He was an active member of the Shepherdstown Film Society, wearing numerous hats to help deliver free movies, entertainment, and talk to his audiences.

Lex was loved, admired and respected as a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and by a large circle of family and friends. He could make Pam laugh like no one else and with just a few words turn the world upside down. A role model for all of us, he was proud of his children and those they chose to marry. Proud of their accomplishments and the way they have lived their lives with intelligence, responsibility, compassion and empathy, becoming loving and skillful parents doing their best to raise the grandsons who have brought them so much joy and that he loved it so much. We will miss him.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of the Panhandle would be appreciated.

Arrangements are managed by Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, Berryville, VA. Online condolences can be presented at endersandshirley.com.


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