Influential businessman Chuck Miller, 83, dies

The man who secured Avery Dennison’s status as a Fortune 500 company has died at age 83. The Pasadena-based company announced today that Charles D. “Chuck” Miller died a week ago of complications from emphysema.

In more than three decades with the office products giant, Chuck Miller oversaw the merger of Avery Products with the Dennison Manufacturing Company. He also expanded its operations to China, where the company opened a Shanghai manufacturing plant in 1978. A decade later, Miller retired; a year after that the company named its Pasadena headquarters in his honor.

He served on many prominent corporate and non-profit boards, including the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee Board of Directors. That body played a crucial role in securing the 1984 Summer Olympics for the city. In the late 1990s, Miller spent four years as board chair for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

At the time of his death, Miller was a member of the executive board of the Rose Bowl Legacy Campaign and a trustee of Southern California Public Radio, the operator of KPCC. In a statement, Southern California Public Radio president Bill Davis described Miller as “thoughtful and impulsive, wise and always willing to lay money on a smart long shot.”

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