Two Grace College presidents — current and past — remembered the late Dr. Dane Miller in a story aired on WNDU-16 on Wednesday evening. Dr. Bill Katip and Dr. Ron Manahan both commented about the impact of Miller upon Grace College and the Warsaw-Winona Lake community. Miller died Tuesday. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete story or to view the video.
Co-founder of Biomet in Warsaw passes away
WARSAW, Ind.— One of the four co-founders of Biomet died Tuesday.
Dr. Dane Miller, 69, helped the Warsaw based company grow from revenues of $17,000 in 1978 to $2 billion in 2006. He served as CEO from 1977 to 2006.
The company has helped attract more orthopaedic medical device companies to the area; to the point that Warsaw is considered the orthopaedic capital of the world. It was Miller’s commitment to staying in Warsaw that will be his greatest legacy.
“It’s a great loss because he cared for the community,” Ron Manahan, former President of Grace College said. “He was a cheerleader for his community. His investment was remarkable for the community.”
Miller helped build the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center on Grace’s campus. However, the building does not bear his name, but rather the company he helped cultivate into a world leader.
“Economically he has a tremendous legacy,” Bill Katip, President of Grace College said. “But beyond that, culturally to this campus. He lived here in Winona Lake. This was his home. Everyone knows his smarts and they know what he did as an orthopaedic device leader worldwide. But his faith put into action as he cared for and loved the people in this community and at this college. That’s the legacy to me.”
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