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Nathan R. Miller, 93; built Boston real estate empire and gave generously to city that shaped him

Nathan Miller, who was 93, continued working at his Beacon Hill office until July.
Nathan Miller, who was 93, continued working at his Beacon Hill office until July.1998 file/globe staff

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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.

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