Bernard H. Miller

by | Sep 4, 2016 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach—Bernard H. Miller, MD, 88, passed away peacefully August 25, 2016.

He was born December 27, 1927 to Bessie and Horace Miller, in Norfolk.

A graduate from Maury High School, he earned his Bachelor’s of Science from Lenoir-Rhyne, Hickory, N.C. He earned his MD from the Medical College of Virginia. Bernard worked a year at Mt. Sinai in N. Y., and completed his residency at Michael Reese in Chicago, where he met the love of his life and future wife Fern Lorber. He moved to Norfolk in 1957, opening his internal medicine practice and was the founder of Chesapeake internists.

His many honors included serving as president of Virginia Diabetes Association, serving as an attending physician, including training residents. He became the first president of the medical staff for Chesapeake General Hospital, retiring at age 75.

He enjoyed international travel; was a voracious reader; and was an unparalleled historian. Dr. Miller was a member of the Torch Club. The joy of his life was fine dining with his 10 grandchildren.

Dr. Miller was a US Army veteran, having served in Germany.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Fern Miller.

He is survived by his brother, Claude Miller and wife Marlene, of Norfolk; his four children Julius Miller and wife Jeanne; Bobbi Rudin and husband Mark; Horace Miller and wife Linda; Anna Avital and husband Erik; 10 grandchildren, Jordan, Lisa, Robert, Roni, Bessie, Whitley, Adi, Doron, Lorber and Barr.

A memorial service took place at Ohef Sholom Temple.

Contributions in his memory to WHRO, Public Media, P.O. Box 6206, Norfolk, Virginia 23508; or the American College of Physicians Foundation.

Friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at