Rick Miller

I was sorry to hear that Rick Miller passed away. I knew Rick since the late 70s when we were both at Technicon Instruments. Rick was in a quality role then, where he always put the interests of customers first. We both left Technicon, but I continued to see Rick at NCCLS (now CLSI) meetings. Rick was the chairholder of the CLSI subcommittee on uncertainty intervals. Rick asked me to become a member of that subcommittee, in spite of the fact that he knew I was against establishing uncertainty intervals for clinical laboratories using GUM (the ISO document on uncertainty intervals). He wanted me on the committee for my opposing opinions. I was impressed that he did this – it was the right thing to do, but not the easy thing to do. I think others would have taken the easy route – not Rick. I enjoyed being a part of that subcommittee, under Rick’s leadership – it was one of the most open subcommittee experiences I had, whereby the many different opinions were all allowed to be heard. It will be difficult to find a replacement for Rick on this subcommittee.

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