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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Potato Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
You Can't Get There From Here.

Birthplace

Born:
1/10/1932
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Potato Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
You Can't Get There From Here.

Birthplace

Born:
1/10/1932
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Former business executive Donald L. Miller was born in New York on January 10, 1932, to Mamie Johnson and John H. Miller. From 1948 to 1968, Miller served in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of major and earning the Legion of Merit award in his final year. Near retirement from the Army, Miller lived in Maryland and returned to school, receiving his B.A. from the University of Maryland in 1967.

Due to a recommendation from his mother who worked at Inmont Corporation, Miller was hired to work as a special assistant to the president in the human resources area. Miller then left Inmont to work in that same capacity at Seatrain Shipbuilding, helping recruit African American employees. Miller was then recruited to a senior ranking position as deputy assistant secretary of defense under President Richard Nixon, a position he held from December 1971 to January 1973. In 1973, Miller was honored by the Department of Defense for his work with the Distinguished Civilian Award.

From 1973 to 1978, Miller worked in academia as vice president of personnel and management at Columbia University. He then went on to hold executive positions with a number of companies, including International Paper, Con Edison and Dow Jones & Company, where he served as vice president of employee relations from 1986 until 1995. Following his retirement from Dow Jones, Miller entered the entrepreneurial and publishing world when he started Our World News as a high-level African American news publication.

Over the years, Miller has been active with a number of professional organizations, including serving on the board of directors of the Bank of New York and Schering Plough. For twenty years, he was a trustee at Pace University, and since 1981, served as director of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Miller had been married to his wife, Gail Aileen Wallace, since 1981. They have one child, Lynn Ann, and lived in Las Vegas. Miller and his wife also founded Associated Black Charities in New York.

Donald Miller passed away on August 29, 2015.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Donald Miller narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Donald Miller's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Donald Miller lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Donald Miller talks about his mother and her family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Donald Miller describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Donald Miller describes his childhood neighborhood in Harlem, New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Donald Miller talks about various places he lived as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Donald Miller describes the Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem, New York City in the 1940s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Donald Miller talks about his mother's decision to relocate the family to the Sugar Hill neighborhood of Harlem, New York in the 1940s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Donald Miller talks about the schools he attended in Greenwich, Connecticut and New York, New York, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Donald Miller talks about the schools he attended in Greenwich, Connecticut and New York, New York, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Donald Miller describes his elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Donald Miller talks about his lack of direction and guidance as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Donald Miller talks about the origins of his U.S. Army career and Colonel Henry Minton Francis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Donald Miller describes a chance encounter that influenced his U.S. Army career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Donald Miller talks about the implementation of President Harry Truman's 1947 order to desegregate the U.S. military, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Donald Miller talks about the implementation of President Harry Truman's 1947 order to desegregate the U.S. military, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Donald Miller explains his decision to enroll in officers' candidate school in the early 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Donald Miller talks about the progress of people of color in the U.S. military
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Donald Miller talks about obtaining skills through successive positions in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Donald Miller recalls his U.S. Army service in Germany during the 1940s and 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Donald Miller explains his decision to retire from the U.S. Army in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Donald Miller recounts a story from early in his career as deputy assistant secretary of defense
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Donald Miller talks about the relationship between the U.S. military and U.S. presidential administrations of the mid-20th century
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Donald Miller talks about going to work for Interchemical Corporation in 1968, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Donald Miller talks about going to work for Interchemical Corporation in 1968, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Donald Miller talks about Interchemical Corporation and how the company responded to the affirmative action movement of the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Donald Miller talks about developing affirmative action proposals for Interchemical Corporation and adjusting to the practices of corporate America
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Donald Miller talks about the limited results of his affirmative action programs at Interchemical Corporation in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Donald Miller talks about working as vice president of industrial relations for Seatrain Shipbuilding in New York, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Donald Miller recalls his appointment as deputy assistant secretary of defense in 1971 and other black political leaders in the Nixon administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Donald Miller recalls a meeting between President Richard Nixon and black political appointees
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Donald Miller talks about working at the U.S. Department of Defense as deputy assistant secretary of defense
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Donald Miller recalls encountering resistance to affirmative action programs on a European inspection tour for the U.S. Department of Defense
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Donald Miller talks about a meeting between black colonels and the secretaries of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Donald Miller explains his decision to resign as deputy assistant secretary of defense in 1973
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Donald Miller describes the circumstances surrounding his hiring as vice president for personnel management at Columbia University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Donald Miller talks about working as vice president for personnel management for Columbia University in New York, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Donald Miller details a labor dispute between Harlem Hospital and District 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Donald Miller talks about his work at Columbia University and the culture of the institution in the 1970s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Donald Miller talks about working at International Paper and accepting a job offer from Con Edison
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Donald Miller talks about volunteering with the Greater New York Fund
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Donald Miller talks about volunteering with Greater New York Fund and meeting his wife
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Donald Miller talks about the formation of Associated Black Charities in New York, New York
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Donald Miller talks about the funding structure of United Way and member agencies of Black Associated Charities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Donald Miller talks about working at Con Edison in New York, New York
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Donald Miller explains how he became a member of the BNY Mellon bank in 1977
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Donald Miller talks about the responsibilities of serving on a corporate board, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Donald Miller talks about the responsibilities of serving on a corporate board, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Donald Miller talks about working at Dow Jones & Company as vice president of employee relations during the 1980s
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Donald Miller talks about proposing a black-oriented news publication to Dow Jones & Company and leaving the company in 1995
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Donald Miller talks about developing Our World News prototypes and the fate of the publication
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Donald Miller describes the aims of Our World News, his African American news publication
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Donald Miller describes how his family has influenced his career success
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Donald Miller considers the success of affirmative action programs in the American business and political sectors
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Donald Miller reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Donald Miller talks about his middle name
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Donald Miller talks about the history of blacks in the U.S. military, Associated Black Charities (ABC), and honorees of ABC