Dallas philanthropist and real estate tycoon Vance C. Miller dies at 79

Dallas philanthropist and real estate tycoon Vance C. Miller dies at 79

As CultureMap contributor Candy Evans reports on her blog, Candy’s Dirt, real estate mogul, Republican donor and Dallas philanthropist Vance C. Miller died early Saturday morning after suffering a heart attack. He was 79.

Miller was chairman and chief executive officer of Henry S. Miller Companies, which was started by his grandfather, the company’s namesake, in 1914. After serving as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, Miller joined the company in 1959.

By 1981, he had grown the company to the largest real estate brokerage firm in Texas and the seventh largest in the nation. Among the notable Dallas properties owned by Henry S. Miller Companies are Prestonwood Country Club, Signature Athletic Club, Preston Royal, Preston Trails and, until 2009, Highland Park Village.

Miller was born in Dallas in 1933, son of the late Henry S. Miller Jr. and Juanita Miller. He graduated from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor’s in business administration in 1954. During his career, he served on the board of directors of many public companies and financial institutions.

He and his wife of more than 50 years, Geraldine “Tincy” Miller are known for being active in numerous civic and charitable organizations in Dallas. Just last week, at the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award luncheon, Tincy Miller was recognized for providing one of the four scholarships given to four outstanding graduate students.

Miller is survived by his wife; two sons, Vaughn Miller and Greg Miller, and daughter, Cynthia Vance-Abrams.

Tincy and Vance Miller
Vance Miller and his wife, Tincy, are known Dallas philanthropists. Photo by James French