Known as “Buddy” during his years at SU, Edward Miller, BA ’51, describes his undergraduate years as nomadic, switching from business administration to political science and finally settling on economics. A member of Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity (now Zeta Beta Tau), he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He later attended the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program.
Miller has had a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Army, American Metal Climax, U.S. Synthetic Fuels Corp, among other posts. He has also authored “War Plan Orange: The U.S. Strategy to Defeat Japan, 1897-1945” (Naval Institute Press, 2007) and “Bankrupting the Enemy: The U.S. Financial Siege of Japan Before Pearl Harbor” (Naval Institute Press, 2007).
Miller is receiving the Melvin A. Eggers Senior Alumni Award for his philanthropic service to Syracuse University as trustee of a private foundation established in 1946 by Otto Sussman, a CEO of AMAX. The foundation aids people in need of financial assistance with a caveat—a grant must solve a one-time need that will enable the recipient to overcome a personal crisis and move forward. Miller has directed much of the foundation’s efforts toward SU seniors whose families have suffered a setback—such as loss of a job, disability or death—that would have forced the student to drop out of the University. Over the past 25 years, the foundation has made approximately 400 grants worth approximately $1.5 million to seniors in every field of study.
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