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William Robert Miller


William R Miller graduated from St Edmund Hall in 1952 earning his degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He joined Bristol-Myers Company in 1964 and retired as Vice Chairman of Bristol-Myers Squibb in 1991.

Mr Miller is a past Chairman of the Board of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and is now an Honorary Trustee.

Mr Miller was elected Chairman of the English-Speaking Union of the United States in 1996, served until 2009 and is now Chairman Emeritus. He served as Chairman of the International Council of the English-Speaking Union from 1999 – 2002 and from 2005 – 2008 and is now Chairman Emeritus.

His many volunteer activities reflect his longstanding interests in music, Oxford and the City of London. He is Vice Chairman of Americans for Oxford, Chairman of the British Memorial Garden Trust, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the St Paul's Cathedral Trust in America, a Managing Director of the Metropolitan Opera Association, trustee of the Manhattan School of Music and a former President of Opera Orchestra of New York. He is a member of the Pilgrims, the St George’s Society of New York (past president), the Honourable Company of Freemen of the City of London of North America (past Master), the Order of St John Priory in the United States, the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, the [Oxford University] Chancellor's Court of Benefactors and an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall. He is a member of the Vestry of St Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City.

In 2000, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire by H.M. the Queen for services to British charities in the United States of America.

In 2009, Mr Miller received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Commercial Science from St Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, New York. He also received the Sir Christopher Wren Award from St Paul’s Cathedral, London and the Founder’s Award from the English-Speaking Union of the United States.

Mr Miller was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011 for his contribution to transatlantic business and philanthropy. He is one of the Hall’s greatest supporters, having given significant donations which enabled us to build the William R Miller building in Dawson Street. He has endowed and supported a range of fellowships, including the American Fellowship in Physiology and, more recently, the WRM Tutorial Fellowship in Behavioural Neuroscience. He has also supported several graduate scholarships and awards and the Centre for the Creative Brain.

He was also recently presented with a Degree of Doctor of Musical Arts, honoris causa by the Manhattan School of Music in recognition of his commitment to the arts, in particular the nurturing of young musicians.