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John A. "Jack" Miller

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John A. "Jack" Miller Obituary
John A. Miller "Jack", former President, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company, died peacefully on Sunday July 15th, 2012 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He was 85. Mr. Miller joined Provident in 1972 as Vice President of Sales after working for over 20 years at Life Insurance Marketing and Research Association, (LIMRA) formerly known as Life Insurance Agency Management Association (LIAMA) where he consulted with and presented schools and seminars to insurance companies throughout the United States and around the world. In his first five years with Provident, Mr. Miller developed and implemented a marketing and sales program that culminated with more than $800 million in new sales in 1976. As a senior executive at Provident for nearly 25 years, Mr. Miller was known not only for his success in moving the company forward but also for his ability to collaborate with colleagues, his interest in the lives of his employees, and a strong emphasis on honesty, integrity and caring for others. He also served on a variety of corporate boards of directors including most recently Provident Mutual, Liberty Property Trust, BetzDearborn, Guarantee Reassurance Corp., CoreStates Financial Corp. and CoreStates Bank N.A.. Forever a strong believer in giving back to one's community, Mr. Miller was deeply involved with and committed to a variety of community, civic charitable and eleemosynary organizations and endeavors including, most recently, The Constitution Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, the United Way, St. Joseph's University, Council for Relationships and Beaumont Retirement Community. Mr. Miller, well-known to his family and friends as Jack, was born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Upon graduating from high school and becoming engaged to his high school sweetheart, his one-and-only, Midge, Jack enlisted in the United States Marines where he was trained for combat in World War II. When the war ended with Jack still stateside, he was discharged and immediately married Midge. Jack then enrolled at Columbia University where he received a degree in economics and pursued graduate work at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations before deciding to embark in a career in sales. He began his sales career selling Fuller Brushes in Newington, Connecticut before moving to Seattle, Washington for four years and then to West Hartford, Connecticut where he and his family lived for twenty years while Jack worked at LIAMA. Jack had a life-long passion for tennis and he and Midge were long-time members of both Merion Cricket Club and Overbrook Country Club where they both developed and maintained many lasting friendships. They were also both very active members and served in various capacities at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church where devoted time and financial resources to the furtherance of the church's many spiritual and charitable purposes. Despite his far-ranging success in business, civic, community and charitable endeavors, Jack was most devoted to and proud of his family. Jack and Midge always made their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren the highest priority in their busy lives. Midge died peacefully in her sleep in August, 2009. Jack is survived by his four children, Cynthia M. Hibbert(Robert) of Silver Spring, Maryland; Jeffrey C. Miller(Kathleen) of Mountain View, California; John J. Miller(Nancy) of Warren, New Jersey; and Kristen M. Munnelly(Joseph) of Exton, Pennsylvania, 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His Memorial Service was held on Wednesday July 18th, 11 AM in the Sanctuary of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA, where the family will received guests after 9:30 AM in Congregational Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Jack and Midge Miller to either Bryn Mawr Hospital or Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. Chadwick & McKinney Funeral Home Inc www.chadwickmckinney.com

Published in Main Line Media News on July 18, 2012
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