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Obituary: Charles J. Miller

Charles J. Miller, age 87, of Manhattan, former Great Neck resident died of complications from cancer surgery on July 22, 2010. Charles grew up on the Upper West Side during the 1920s and 30s. He graduated from the Horace Mann School and New York University. He was a WWII combat veteran who served with distinction in Europe. After the war, Charles returned to a top position at the family business, I. Miller & Sons, maker of “beautiful” women’s shoes. He was involved in all aspects of the business, especially shoe design and U.S. sales. Following the sale of the company in 1959, Charles and his late brother, Robert Miller, acquired D.H. Blair & Co., a Wall Street securities firm, where Charles was the managing partner into the early 1970s. In the mid-1970s, Charles’ career began a third phase. He returned to school and obtained advanced training at Columbia and the Postgraduate Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He had practiced as a psychoanalyst continuously since the early 1980s.

Charles and his family lived in Great Neck in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. He was active in PTA, Little League, and Democratic Party politics.

Charles was a man of many interests and talents. He was an outstanding tennis player, fisherman, photographer, bridge player and golfer. He made many friends in connection with each of these pursuits. He was a seasoned world traveler. He embraced every aspect of life with his unique smile and New York humor.

Charles is survived by his wife Madelyne Bailey of Manhattan; his daughter and son-in-law, Patricia Miller-Katz and Gordon Katz of Newton, MA; his son Burton Miller of Huntington; daughter Rebecca Miller of Newark, NY; stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Mark Bailey and Rory Kennedy of Los Angeles, CA; stepson Paul Bailey of Belmont, MA; special godson Scott Carlin of Los Angeles, CA; grandchildren, Emily Tess Katz, Michelle Miller, Georgia Kennedy-Bailey, Bridget Kennedy-Bailey and Zachery Kennedy-Bailey; many nieces and nephews and their children; and numerous cherished friends.

Charles was preceded in death by his first wife Thelma Levine Miller; his brother Robert Miller; and his parents, Michael and Cecelia Miller.

Funeral services and burial were privately held on July 25. A celebration of Charles’ life will be held on Sunday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York City. Contributions in Charles’ memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders.