‘Homeliest nun’ wins Spirit award
David S. Miller does everything he does for the community, not for awards or attention, but out of the passion in his heart.
That doesn’t stop any organization for recognizing his effort and service to the community. Tuesday, Miller was awarded the Spirit of the Foundation Award from the High Point Community Foundation.
Miller’s friends, family and colleagues honored his service to many High Point nonprofits, the community and the world.
“David is perhaps the most unselfish individual I’ve ever met,” said Frank Quis, a childhood friend of Miller’s. “He is always thinking of ways to make his community better.”
Miller, who has served on countless boards such as the Guilford Tech board of directors; High Point Partners; Habitat for Humanity and High Point Communities in Schools; also has served communities away from home.
In the early 1990s, Miller took a trip to India to meet and work directly with Mother Theresa in her “home for the dying” in Calcutta. Miller said it was one of the most significant experiences of his life but also influenced his personal faith and his community and worldview. Over the years, he has traveled with the Sisters of Charity and lobbied for medicine to be donated to the organization in Albania. Miller became the first and only man to be inducted into the Sisters of Charity order.
On a video referring to Miller’s work with Sisters of Charity, he was jokingly referred to as “one of the homliest nuns in the Catholic Church.”
Miller and his wife, Vicki, have five children; Matt, Betsy, Emily, Brian and Beth, and nine grandchildren.
“After we got married, David said, ‘We’re going on a mission trip to Albania for our honeymoon,” Vicki Miller said. “If he’s awake, he’s thinking of ways to improve the community.”
Miller is the owner of DS Miller Inc., a full-service precision machine shop, which he later expanded by acquiring two companies, Van Holt Machine Shop and APC Parts Inc.
Miller joins his wife Vicki, Hilda Fountain, Ed Price and Judy Mendenhall as a Spirit of the Foundation Award recipient.
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David S. Miller has served as chairman of the United Way of Greater High Point Campaign, High Point Chamber of Commerce, High Point Regional Health System, Guilford County Partnership, Open Door Ministries, Wells Fargo board of directors, Forward – High Point, Guilford County Partnerships for Children, Partners Ending Homelessness and with Kiwanis, where he served as past president of the High Point Kiwanis Club, and lieutenant governor of the Carolinas District. He’s also donated more 25 gallons of blood and cycled in more than 75 charity events and worked with Mother Theresa.
In addition, Miller has played a key role in the growth of the Community Foundation, where he has served as a member of the Executive Board, the Grants Committee, the Governance Committee and the successful 2009 Project.