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Rhena Schweitzer Miller
Birth: Jan. 14, 1919
Strasbourg, France
Death: Feb. 22, 2009
Pacific Palisades
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Humanitarian. The only child of the legendary Dr. Albert Schweitzer, she assisted at his West African missionary hospital and took over the running of it after his death. Raised in Europe, as her mother's health would not stand the rigors of equatorial Africa, she wanted to study medicine but was prevented from doing so by her father. Still, she fully embraced his "reverence for life" philosophy, joining her mother on fund-raising trips to the United States during the late 1930s and helping to found the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship which still carries on the work. When her mother died in 1957, she wrote to her father suggesting a reunion on their joint birthday and to her surprise he not only agreed but allowed her to work in the laboratory at Lambarene. After training in Switzerland, she ran the laboratory and, upon Dr. Schweitzer's 1965 death, was placed in charge of the hospital. Her administration continued until she married her second husband, Dr. David Miller, in 1970. In the late 1960s she brought around 80 Biafrian refugee children to Lambarene, later returning many to their families when the Nigerian-Biafrian war ended. During the 1970s, the Millers conducted nutrition research and education in Asia, Africa, and Haiti then from 1979 to 1985 they ran medical relief projects in Yemen and Pakistan. After Dr. Miller's death in 1997, Mrs. Miller collected her parents' early letters, publishing them in 2003 under the title "The Albert Schweitzer-Helene Bresslau Letters, 1902-1912"; these documents give the fullest picture of Dr. Schweitzer's attitudes and the background of his work. Of her famed father, she said in a 1994 interview "He was not the saint some people made him out to be, but he was an exceptional human being". (bio by: Bob Hufford) 
 
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 Parents:
  Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)
  Helene Bresslau-Schweitzer (1879 - 1957)
 
Burial:
Albert Schweitzer Hospital
Lambaréné
Moyen-Ogooué, Gabon
 
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Originally Created by: Bob Hufford
Record added: Feb 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34276351
Rhena <i>Schweitzer</i> Miller
Added by: Bob Hufford
 
Rhena <i>Schweitzer</i> Miller
Added by: Bob Hufford
 
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It was a pleasure to have met you - a truly remarkable lady! RIP x
- Caroline
 Added: Jul. 4, 2014

- Janis Coleman
 Added: Jan. 14, 2014

- Jeannie
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