Willoughby Dayton Miller

Willoughby Dayton Miller (HM42O)

Location: Alexandria, OH 43001 Licking County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 5.391', W 82° 36.824'

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1853-1907. Born in Alexandria in 1853, Willoughby Dayton Miller received his primary education in a nearby one-room schoolhouse. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1875 and then studied in Edinburgh, Scotland. Later, he traveled to Berlin, Germany where he met an expatriate American dentist, Dr. Frank Abbot, who encouraged him to study dentistry. Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1879, Miller returned to Berlin and joined Abbot's practice. Two years later, he gained a research appointment at the University of Berlin where he embarked on a career that brought the science of bacteriology into dentistry. In 1889, he published his research findings of the study of oral bacteria and the process of dental caries (tooth decay) entitled The Micro-Organisms of the Human Mouth. For his work, Miller is credited as the first to accurately describe the process of tooth decay.

Willoughby Dayton Miller never forgot his Ohio roots. He visited his homestead often and in 1892, purchased the family farm in Alexandria, entrusting it to his nephew, O.A. Brooks. Recognized throughout the world for his research, he was offered and accepted the deanship of the University of Michigan College Dentistry in 1907. His family moved from Berlin to the United States and Miller spent the summer in Alexandria preparing for his deanship and playing golf on his farm. In late July, he suffered a fatal appendicitis. His death was a shock to the dental profession. He is buried in Alexandria at the Maple Grove Cemetery. In 1915, a memorial statue was placed at The Ohio State University, located today in the courtyard of the College of Dentistry. A second memorial was erected at the University of Michigan in 1940.
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HM NumberHM42O
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
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Marker Number19-45
Year Placed2006
Placed ByThe Columbus Dental Society, W.D. Miller Dental Society – Marc and Amy Lewis, and the Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 6:50am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 362429 N 4438977
Decimal Degrees40.08985000, -82.61373333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 5.391', W 82° 36.824'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 5' 23.46" N, 82° 36' 49.44" W
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Area Code(s)614, 740
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 54 W Main St, Alexandria OH 43001, US
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