Suffolk University To Dedicate Nathan R. Miller Residence Hall

9/27/2005

Earlier this year, Miller gave Suffolk University a gift of $2 million, the largest outright gift in the University's history.

“Nathan Miller has long been a good friend and neighbor to Suffolk University,” said Suffolk University President David J. Sargent. “Having this beautiful building named after him is a testament to this special friendship that he shares with Suffolk and the Beacon Hill neighborhood. The Nathan R. Miller Residence Hall is already a central focal point on our campus and it offers our students a dynamic and supportive environment in which to learn and grow.”

By having the 10 Somerset Street residence hall named in his honor, Miller's history with this particular address and the University has come full circle. As a boy growing up on Beacon Hill, Miller spent much of his time at the Burroughs Newsboys Foundation, the current site of Suffolk's new residence hall at 10 Somerset Street. The Burroughs Newsboys Foundation also held events at the old Boston City Club, which is now the Suffolk University Business School, Sawyer Business School.

The Burroughs Newsboys Foundation was a place, where for 25 cents a year, a young boy could spend two days and two evenings a week having fun and forming friendships, as well as taking in a free Friday night movie. Its founder, Harry E. Burroughs, was a Russian immigrant who made his way to the United States at the age of 12 and supported himself as a newsboy. Burroughs, a Suffolk Law alumnus, went on to become a successful attorney who devoted much of his life helping underprivileged inner-city boys aged 12-17 through a variety of educational and leadership programs.

“We learned how to become good young citizens,” said Miller, who perfectly followed the Burroughs Newsboys Foundation motto: “Strive. Serve. Save. Study.”

Miller, who received an honorary degree from Suffolk in 2003, began his career by founding a small accounting firm, which through his leadership and business savvy, has grown into a top Boston-area real estate firm. Nathan R. Miller Properties, Ltd., has many of the Financial District's most sought-after properties in its portfolio, including One State Street, 131 State Street and 44 School Street, to name a few. Now semi-retired, Miller sold all but two of his commercial properties – 6 Beacon Street and 11 Beacon Street.

In the early days of his business, Miller commissioned Suffolk professor and former chair of the Government Department, Israel Stolper, to create brass nameplates for his new property acquisitions. Stolper's gleaming brass work still greets visitors to 6 and 11 Beacon Street.

The Nathan R. Miller Residence Hall stands majestically on the former site of The Burroughs Newsboys Foundation. Its 19 stories elegantly house 345 Suffolk students each year with all of the comforts of home and the additional benefit of a one-of-a-kind Beacon Hill location. A permanent exhibit in the lobby details the rich history of this site and its connection to the Burroughs Newsboys Foundation.

Miller appreciates the care that Suffolk has taken in preserving its properties on and around Beacon Hill and its long-term commitment to the neighborhood. “Suffolk maintains an excellent visibility here,” said Miller, who believes 10 Somerset Street is “a real asset to the whole community.”

Miller and his wife Lillian, a gifted artist, have been married for 64 years. In addition to spending time with their family, the couple have volunteered over the years on behalf of Agassiz Village, a summer camp in West Poland, Maine, founded by Harry Burroughs in 1936 for underprivileged children. One of Agassiz Village's first campers as a boy, Miller now serves as its Chairman of the Board. Miller is also a lifelong supporter of the Boston Symphony Orchestra where he has also served as a trustee for many years.

“I am told that I am successful,” said Nathan Miller. “I'm not sure I know what that means, because life's success is not measured by dollars alone. If success is having a loving and supporting wife for more than 60 years, a marvelous daughter, granddaughters and great-grandchildren, then I am truly successful. If it is having the opportunity to give to others and be part of the wonderful community that we live in, then I am successful.”

Suffolk University, located on Boston's historic Beacon Hill, with campuses in Madrid, Spain and Dakar, Senegal, is a comprehensive global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at a reasonable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds, with strong emphasis on diversity. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 8,300 full-time and part-time students at its Law School, College of Arts and Sciences and Sawyer Business School.

 

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