Morgan L. Miller, Chairman Emeritus of National Spinning Co., Inc., and his son Bob Miller, interim Chairman of the company.
National Spinning Chairman Emeritus Morgan Miller spent 63 years at firm
He climbed company's ranks, later founded Craft Yarn Council
Posted August 26, 2021
Morgan L. Miller, Chairman Emeritus of National Spinning Co., Inc. and father to interim Chairman Bob Miller, died on August 17 at the age of 97 after a short illness.
A son of Harry and Belle Miller, Morgan Miller graduated from New Rochelle (N.Y.) High School at 16 and worked for a year on Wall Street before enrolling at Lehigh University. His college career was interrupted when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy on July 1, 1943, attending midshipman’s school at Swarthmore and eventually serving as an officer on an LST in the South Pacific.
After returning stateside in June 1946 and graduating from Lehigh in 1948, Miller worked in the garment industry and, within a few years, owned a dress business. During this time, he met the love of his life, Marjorie Leff, then a student at Sarah Lawrence College, a daughter of Carl and Eleanor Leff of NYC. Morgan and Margie married in 1952 and settled in Scarsdale, N.Y., in 1952, where they lived until very recently.
In 1958, Miller joined National Spinning Co. He learned the wool trade in their Jamestown, N.Y., plant and then joined the NYC office, starting in sales and eventually rising to executive vice president. He played a key role in establishing manufacturing in N.C., expanding the company’s product lines, and growing sales. Miller started National’s first consumer products division, National Yarn Crafts, in the late 1970s. During this era, he founded the Craft Yarn Council, then a division of the American Yarn Spinners Association (AYSA).
Those who knew Miller noted his personal integrity, personable nature, sharp mind and good business instincts. His business acumen was enhanced by his caring nature. He took equal interest in National’s industrial and consumer businesses, frequently staying in touch with division managers until his last weeks.
Miller served in many volunteer leadership roles, both in the industry and his community. He and Margie supported many health, religious and educational institutions, along with quiet support of many others.
Miller was an exemplar in his embrace of life and health. He loved to exercise, eat healthy foods and enjoy the company of family and friends. Among his proudest achievements were completing the NYC Marathon at ages 58 and 60.
He and Margie recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.
Miller enjoyed a close and loving family. Alongside Marjorie, he leaves adoring daughters Betsy Miller (Stuart Sucherman), Amy Miller (Richard Miller), and Cindy Miller; son Bob (Debra); and loving grandchildren Jessica, Lindsay, Max, Mathieu, David, and Ellie.
The Miller family thanks industry friends who have offered condolences, especially those in his National Spinning “family.”
Source: The Miller Family