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About Dayton C. Miller Honor Society

The Dayton C. Miller Honor Society was founded at Baldwin Wallace University in the fall of 1948.  The Society’s purpose was then and continues to be the recognition of academic excellence.  Members are selected for consistently maintaining superior academic work.  Only four percent of the undergraduate student body achieves membership.  In paying tribute to new members we recognize those who have excelled in significant ways, and we also remind ourselves of the major functions of a university:  to foster learning and to develop scholars.
 
As we honor present Baldwin Wallace students, we also honor the memory of Dayton C. Miller (Class of 1886), one of the most distinguished graduates of the University.  Professor of Physics at the Case Institute for many years, Dr. Miller was noted for his research into the science of acoustics and for his unique collection of flutes, currently held by the Library of Congress.  He served as secretary and later president of the Baldwin Wallace University Board of Trustees, and he was active in the University community until his death in 1941.
 
Students inducted into Dayton C. Miller Honor Society each year represent the top 100 students by grade point average who have earned a minimum of 70 semester hours with minimum of 32 semester hours at BW.

2020 Inductees

Jacqueline Adams

Jacqueline Adams

Miriam Alramzi

Miriam Alramzi

Alexcia Ambroz

Alexcia Ambroz

Scott Boyce

Scott Boyce

John Alvarez

John Alvarez

Jesse Bobbit

Jesse Bobbit

Kerry Broker

Kerry Broker

Rachel Buxton

Rachel Buxton

Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown

Olivia Caraccio

Olivia Caraccio

Erin Carr

Erin Carr

Joshua Chamot

Joshua Chamot

Anissa Clay

Anissa Clay

McKenzie Chappel

McKenzie Chappel

Jeremy Coad

Jeremy Coad

Nolan Connelly

Nolan Connelly

Cecilia Cooper

Cecilia Cooper

Ethan Coover

Ethan Coover

Amanda Crisler

Amanda Crisler

Anxhela Dalipi

Anxhela Dalipi

Trent Davis

Trent Davis

Kelly DeGross

Kelly DeGross

Allyson Dichosa

Allyson Dichosa

Kasi Didion

Kasi Didion

Joe DiLiberto

Joe DiLiberto

Amanda Donahue

Amanda Donahue

Devin Dyer

Devin Dyer

Bryce Edwards

Bryce Edwards

Josephine Fenn

Josephine Fenn

Jarrad Fletcher

Jarrad Fletcher

Brian Fozio

Brian Fozio

Corey Friedrich

Corey Friedrich

Shaarav Ghose

Shaarav Ghose

Tyler Gramsz

Tyler Gramsz

Melanie Greenberg

Melanie Greenberg

Jacob Hansen

Jacob Hansen

Bobbie Hart

Bobbie Hart

Gabrielle Hartzell

Gabrielle Hartzell

Emily Heil

Emily Heil

Maegen Holm

Maegen Holm

Emma Hubbard

Emma Hubbard

Elaine Hudson

Elaine Hudson

Jessica Jonczyk

Jessica Jonczyk

Corey Jones

Corey Jones

Julianna Jones

Julianna Jones

Caitlin Jurcago

Caitlin Jurcago

Jacob Kaminski

Jacob Kaminski

Leah Kent

Leah Kent

Bryce Kessler

Bryce Kessler

Kyle Kinney

Kyle Kinney

Emily Kuznik

Emily Kuznik

Vanessa Lombardi

Vanessa Lombardi

Jacob Luther

Jacob Luther

Melissa Lynn

Melissa Lynn

Matthew Maloney

Matthew Maloney

Christa Manzo

Christa Manzo

Alexis McArdle

Alexis McArdle

Amanda Milo

Amanda Milo

Ashtyn Morris

Ashtyn Morris

Allison Moss

Allison Moss

Zachary Myers

Zachary Myers

Christopher Nadar

Christopher Nadar

Caroline Pali

Caroline Pali

Alyssa Palumbo

Alyssa Palumbo

Nicholas Pankow

Nicholas Pankow

Alyssa Patton

Alyssa Patton

Brianne Pliske

Brianne Pliske

Samantha Pruett

Samantha Pruett

Connor Prusha

Connor Prusha

David Quayle

David Quayle

Kaitlyn Raddatz

Kaitlyn Raddatz

Josephine Redfern

Josephine Redfern

Natalie Reichert

Natalie Reichert

Harrison Rouse

Harrison Rouse

Jared Rudge

Jared Rudge

Heather Sanderell

Heather Sanderell

Rachel Schade

Rachel Schade

Kelly Schikowski

Kelly Schikowski

Amanda Semaan

Amanda Semaan

Katie Sharp

Katie Sharp

Mary Simmons

Mary Simmons

Emma Skundrich

Emma Skundrich

Rachael Sladky

Rachael Sladky

Alexa Smith

Alexa Smith

Natalie Sommer

Natalie Sommer

Emily Sonby

Emily Sonby

Alana Spencer

Alana Spencer

Gregory Steinberger

Gregory Steinberger

Christine Sullivan Vacca

Christine Sullivan Vacca

Peter Varga

Peter Varga

Matthew Wachtman

Matthew Wachtman

Mallory Walsh

Mallory Walsh

Yongzhe Wang

Yongzhe Wang

Melinda Warren

Melinda Warren

Benjamin Webster

Benjamin Webster

Emily Yasher

Emily Yasher

Dayton C Miller Portrait

About Dayton C. Miller

 

Dayton Clarence Miller ’86 (March 13, 1866 – February 22, 1941) was a man of many interests and aptitudes in both the arts and sciences who dedicated his life to research and the education of college students.  He was an American physicist, astronomer, acoustician, and accomplished amateur flautist. Miller experimented with the earliest X-ray techniques, and he was an advocate of aether theory and absolute space.

Miller was born in the then-rural community of Strongsville, Ohio, and after his family moved to Berea, Miller enrolled at Baldwin University. In 1886, after earning a degree in philosophy, he relocating to Princeton, New Jersey, where he advanced his studies at Princeton University, eventually earning a Doctor of Science degree in 1890. While still in New Jersey, Miller wed Edith Easton in June of 1893. The Millers returned to Ohio, and Dr. Miller accepted a position as professor of physics at Case School of Applied Science, where he became Chair of the Physics Department and spent his entire career. He concentrated his research on acoustics and the fledgling field of radiography. In 1886, a year after the discovery of x-rays, Miller made the first known full-body x-ray, using himself as the test subject. During the 1920s, he served in a variety of offices of the American Physical Society, and as chair of the division of Physical Sciences of the National Research Council. From 1931 to 1933, he was president of the Acoustical Society of America.

During his career, Miller developed the phonodeik, a device that allows for the visual interpretation of sound waves; provided consultation on architectural acoustics; composed music; and built his robust flute collection. He was also recruited by the U.S. government during World War I to study pressure waves produced by heavy artillery and their impact on soldiers.  Miller was held in the highest regard by his peers and contemporaries, and he met with other visionaries of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, such as Albert Einstein in 1921. 

In 1933, Miller received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, where, beginning in 1899, he was a member of the Board of Trustees (chair in 1936) until his death in Cleveland in 1941. Miller is buried in Lake View Cemetery, alongside his wife. Upon his passing, his published and unpublished works, along with his extensive collection of flutes, were donated to the Library of Congress. At the time of his death, Miller’s collection of flutes numbered 1,500. 

Sources: Baldwin Wallace University Archivist Kieth Peppers and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dayton_Miller