Henry S. Miller Jr.

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Miller Jr., Henry S. Henry S. Miller, Jr., an icon among the business and civic leaders of Dallas, died in his home on Saturday, December 5, 2009, surrounded by the love of his family. Mr. Miller gave generously of his time and resources to numerous arts and non-profit organizations not only in Dallas but statewide as well as globally. As Honorary Director and Founding President of The Dallas Opera, he along with his late wife, Juanita, was noted for his involvement with the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Museum of Art, among others. Keeping with his love of youth and mentoring, he served as the director of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and founded the Annual Juanita Miller Concerto Competition for students. Mr. Miller had been a long-time Trustee of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Director for the Metropolitan YMCA of Dallas, and President of the SMU Alumni Association. Mr. Miller was a 33rd degree Mason and the recent recipient of the Dedman Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy in February 2009, which he was honored and proud to have received. Mr. Miller also received such awards as the Texas Business Hall of Fame, SMU Distinguished Alumni and the Dallas Historical Society. Mr. Miller was very devoted to his friends and colleagues in the Breakfast Group and Brokers Luncheon Group for many years. He served as Chairman Emeritus of Henry S. Miller Company, a company his father started nearly a century ago. Mr. Miller joined his father in 1938. He served in the US Army during World War II, rising to the rank of Major by the end of his service and rejoined the Company in 1946, leading to its legendary growth as the fifth largest real estate brokerage firm in the country by 1984. Many of today's standards in the real estate industry are innovations that have been credited to him, including the concept of specialized real estate services. Henry S. Miller, Jr. is survived by his four children and their spouses, Vance C. Miller and Geraldine 'Tincy' Miller; Patsy Miller Donosky, Henry S. Miller, III and Angela Ahmadi Miller, Jacqueline Miller Stewart and Peter B. Stewart; as well as 15 grandchildren: Cynthia Vance Abrams and husband Robert Abrams; Vaughn Miller and wife Dena; Gregory Miller and wife Kim; Steve Donosky and wife Lissie; Janie Donosky Condon and husband David; Nancy Donosky Ross; Patricia Donosky; Henry Lewis; Henry S. Miller IV and wife Lydia; Michael Miller and wife Lindsey; Kathy Miller Rabey and husband Tracy; Alexander Miller; Nicole Stewart Ganger and husband Robert Ganger; Colin Stewart; John Stewart and Alexandra 'Sasha' Stewart; 25 great-grandchildren; sister, Carmen Miller Michael and husband, Ludwig A. Michael. Mr. Miller was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Juanita Lewis Miller, brother, Jack Miller, grandson, Vance C. Miller, Jr., and son-in-law, David Donosky. Services will be held at Temple Emanuel, 8500 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, Texas 75225, on Monday, December 7, 2009 at 4:00 P.M., Rabbi David Stern presiding. Family will receive visitors at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, 7405 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225 on Sunday between 6:30 and 8:30 P.M. Donations may be made to Dallas Opera, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, AT&T Center for Performing Arts and Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Dec. 6, 2009
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