MILLER, HENRY S., JR.

Cynthia Franco
Henry S. Miller, Jr.
Henry S. Miller, Jr. (1914–2009). Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

MILLER, HENRY S., JR. (1914–2009). Henry S. Miller, Jr., real estate broker and philanthropist, son of Henry S. Miller, Sr., and Carmen (Jablow) Miller, was born in Dallas, Texas, on October 6, 1914. Henry S. Miller, Jr., had two siblings—Jack Miller and Carmen Miller Michael. He was also a cousin of Stanley Marcus on his mother’s side of the family. Miller’s family came to Dallas in 1875, and his grandfather Sam was one of the founders of Shearith Israel congregation. After attending public schools in Dallas, at age fifteen he graduated from Forest Avenue High School and enrolled in Southern Methodist University in 1930. Miller received a bachelor of science in commerce degree from Southern Methodist University in 1934. He began a successful career selling life insurance as a freshman in college, which continued until he began working at his father’s real estate firm in 1938 on insurance matters.

Miller joined the United States Army as a reserve officer in 1937 and served as captain in the Quarter Master Corps during World War II in Italy and North Africa. He later served in the National Guard from 1947 to 1951, when he ended his military career as a major. At the end of World War II, Miller was stationed in Hot Springs, Arkansas. There, on March 11, 1945, he married Helen Juanita Lewis, mother of Vance and Patsy from a previous marriage. 

The new Miller family moved to Dallas in 1945. Henry S. Miller, Jr., rejoined his father’s business, this time together in the real estate sales, until his father passed away in 1968. In 1960 the family company incorporated, and its successful growth in the decades that followed included residential and commercial real estate, brokerage, mortgage, and property management. Miller retired in 1982 and immediately began fundraising for a new performance hall for the Dallas Symphony. He continued to hold the office of chairman of the board of Henry S. Miller/Grubb & Ellis until 1990, as well as chairman emeritus of Henry S. Miller Companies and Henry S. Miller Interests.

Henry S. Miller, Jr., and his wife Juanita supported the arts in Dallas their entire married life. In 1957 they helped found the Dallas Civic Opera. He was its first president and later served as president of the Dallas Symphony Association. During his lifetime, Miller’s leadership roles in the Dallas arts community included: director of the Dallas Ballet Theater, Dallas Classical Guitar Society, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, TACA, Fort Worth Ballet; and trustee of the Dallas Historical Society. Miller’s civic contributions included serving as trustee of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, director of Metropolitan YWCA of Dallas, director of the Central Dallas Association and Greater Dallas Planning Council, president of the Dallas Rotary Club, and president of Southern Methodist University Alumni Association. 

Miller was also a thirty-third-degree Mason, chairman of the Dallas chapter of the American Jewish Committee, and an active leader in his industry. He served as president of the Greater Dallas Board of Realtors and Texas Association of Realtors, president of the Dallas chapter of the Society of Industrial Realtors, president of the North Texas chapter of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers, trustee of the Urban Land Foundation, trustee of the Urban Land Institute, and trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers. He was also recognized for his achievements by many organizations. These awards included: Distinguished Alumni Award, Southern Methodist University (1978); Entrepreneur of the Year, Southern Methodist University (1987); Texas Business Hall of Fame (1988); Real Estate Hall of Fame (1988); and Family of the Year, Y.W.C.A. of Metropolitan Dallas (1990). 

Henry and Juanita Miller had two children together: Henry III and Jacqueline. The company started by Henry S. Miller, Sr., in the 1910s still flourishes over a century later with the current generation of Millers. Henry S. Miller, Jr., died on December 5, 2009, in Dallas. The family papers of Henry and Juanita Miller are held by DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Dallas Morning News, February 11, 1944; March 24, 1945; August 14, 1957; November 24, 1982; December 6, 8, 2009. “Henry S. Miller, Jr.: Oral History Interviews Conducted by Gerald D. Saxon on February 3 and May 12, 1983” [Dallas Public Library] 1983. Juanita and Henry S. Miller Jr. family papers, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.

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