Douglas L. "Doug" Miller Sr. died Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Douglas L. "Doug" Miller Sr. died Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. (Baltimore Sun)

Douglas L. "Doug" Miller Sr., a Baltimore businessman who raised money for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, died of multiple organ failure Monday at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The Timonium resident was 68.


The son of George Lloyd Miller, a Bethlehem Steel Co. worker, and Jeannette Betts Clendaniel, a cafeteria manager, Douglas Lloyd Miller was born in Baltimore and raised in Dundalk.

He was a 1965 graduate of Boys' Latin School, where he played varsity football and lacrosse. He was a key player on the 1964 championship lacrosse team.

He also was a member of the Ipso Factos, the school's a cappella singing group.

Mr. Miller received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia in 1969. There he played varsity lacrosse, sang with the glee club and was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

In 1973, he and an uncle established C&D Corp., a family-owned business that he expanded from a single carwash and gas station to multiple locations. He had not retired at his death.

The care that his daughter received at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center in the first few months of her life inspired Mr. Miller to raise money for the center.

According to Johns Hopkins officials, Mr. Miller raised $1.8 million for the children's center over the past 30 years.

Since his death, Mr. Miller's family has established the Doug Miller Family Fund, proceeds of which will be used for pediatrics training, clinical care and research.

Mr. Miller was an avid sports fan and attended the 2013 Super Bowl with his son. He also enjoyed golfing.

A memorial service will be held at noon Sunday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, the former J. Joyce Sciacca; a son, Douglas L. Miller of Glen Arm; a daughter, Dr. Jeannette Elenora Miller of Rodgers Forge; and two grandchildren.

—Frederick N. Rasmussen