Dr. Miranda was born in Leon, Spain on November 17, 1934 to Dr. Emilio and Manolita Miranda. Tragically, his father died when Roger was only twelve years old, but this adversity gave him the courage to persevere under pressure. He completed his medical degree at the Central University of Madrid and also served 2 years as a doctor in the Air Force in Spain before coming to the United States for an internship in Chicago, Illinois. He received his surgical training by completing a surgical residency at the prestigious Scott & White hospital in Temple, Texas. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery and became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.).
Dr. Miranda accepted a position at the Mountain Home Veteran’s Administration as a general surgeon and fell in love with the area, the outstanding nurses and staff of the VA in Johnson City and most of all, his patients, whom he genuinely cared for. Soon after he arrived in Johnson City, an incident arose on July 30, 1973 when an armed, disturbed individual burst into the V.A. admissions office and threatened the hospital staff and other patients. Dr. Miranda gained control of the situation and successfully got the individual to disarm without injury to anyone. When the East Tennessee State University established the Quillen College of Medicine, Dr. Miranda became a clinical professor of surgery and helped train the surgical residents. In addition to his duties as a surgeon, he was the director of surgical endoscopy. He served on the V.A. Medical Ethics Committee and also adjudicated EEOC complaints. The residents honored him in 1996 by naming him Attending of the Year. He also received the Heart and Hands award and the William Stewart Halsted Professor of the Year award in 1997 and 2000.
Outside of the hospital, Dr. Miranda loved to travel, hike, and snow ski. He especially liked to climb the Chimneys every year. He adored his seven granddaughters and one grandson and cherished occasions when they were all together with him.
Dr. Miranda was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Emilio and a sister, Maria Teresa. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Helen, his children, Dr. David Miranda (Kelly), Johnson City, Susan Peoples (Jim), Johnson City, and Dr. Patricia Tyler (Bill), Sanford, Florida. His loving grandchildren, Danielle, Stephanie, Kristen, Alexis, Michael, Olivia, Catherine, and Emily also survive him.
The Miranda Family wishes to thank all of his former patients and their families that wrote so many letters of appreciation. Also, a special thank you to Connie Lamore for her assistance and care over the past several months.
The family shall receive friends on Friday, November 9, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 2211 E. Lakeview Drive, Johnson City from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. A funeral Mass will be held immediately following in the sanctuary at 1:00 pm with Fr. Peter Iorio officiating. A graveside service will take place following the funeral mass at Monte Vista Memorial Park.
Memories and condolences may be shared at www.tetrickfuneralhome.com . Tetrick Funeral Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37604, 423-610-7171 is honored to serve the Miranda family. This obit was provided by Dr. Miranda’s loving family.