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As a boy, Nathan Miller lived in a modest street-level apartment on Beacon Hill and sold newspapers in downtown Boston and candy bars at Harvard football games.
As an adult, he built a real-estate portfolio of commercial properties across Boston. With the fortune he amassed when he sold all the buildings except for 6 Beacon St., he gave back to the city he loved all his life.
“He did a lot, and he gave a lot,” said Greg Vasil, chief executive of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.
Mr. Miller — a philanthropist who donated to Greater Boston institutions such as Suffolk University, Bentley University, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital — died Oct. 7. Mr. Miller was 93 and lived in Boston.