In Memoriam: Edward D. Miller, 80
Former Vice Chair, MHT; President, Chem; Sr. Vice Chair, Chase



Edward D. Miller, former Vice Chair of Manufacturers Hanover Trust, President of Chemical Bank, and Senior Vice Chair or Chase Manhattan, died on September 26, 2021, at the age of 80. He was a resident of Garden City, NY, and Jupiter, FL.


A Marine Corps veteran, Miller began his banking career at Manufacturers Hanover Trust, where he garnered increasing responsibility and recognition. In 1988, he was named Vice Chairman, a position he held until 1991, when the company merged with Chemical Bank. Three years later, he was elected President. In 1996, upon the merger with Chase Manhattan, he became Senior Vice Chairman. While at Chase, Miller directed two of the largest financial services combinations in history at the time—the successful mergers of The Chase Manhattan Corporation and Chemical Bank and of Chemical Bank and Manufacturers Hanover Trust.  

He went on to become President and Chief Executive Officer of AXA Financial, Inc., where he held such positions from August 1997 through May 2001. During that time, he also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AXA Financial, Inc.’s principal subsidiary, AXA Client Solutions, and as a director of AXA Financial, Equitable Life, Alliance Capital and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He also served as a member of the supervisory board and as a senior advisor to the Chief Executive of AXA Group from June 2001 through April 2003.


Miller also served as Chairman of the Board of American Express Centurion Bank, a director of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a trustee of the New York City Police Foundation and Phoenix House Foundation, as well as Chairman of the Partnership for New York City’s Security and Risk Management Task Force.


Among his survivors are his wife, Carole; his son Dean and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Scott.  


Please consider making a donation to one of the following charities: The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation; Northwell Health Cancer Institute, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research in Manhasset, NY; Phoenix Houses of NY-LI-Edward D. Miller Center, Hauppauge, NY; or The Hagedorn Little Village School in Seaford, NY.




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From Maria V. Trinidad: I am so sorry that Mr. Ed Miller died. He was one of the most wonderful Executive Managers at MHT.  He was one of the most outstanding managers who supported women and minorities to face challenges head on. He was our Angel at MHT. He was caring, compassionate, knowledgeable and a great listener.  He attended every function that we created for different events at MHT.  

    I am extending my deepest sympathies to his wife, children, family, friends, co-workers and the Chase Alumni Association. Mr. Miller was the most influential manager in our lifetime. He was the very best human being in the world for so many of us. May God Bless Him.