J. Irwin Miller
For 26 years, Mr. Miller was chairman of the Cummins Engine Company, based in Columbus, 40 miles south of Indianapolis. He and the company were instrumental in changing a decaying Columbus into a showcase for buildings designed by architects like Eero Saarinen and I.M. Pei.
”Columbus, Ind., and J. Irwin Miller are almost holy words in architectural circles,” The New York Times’s architecture critic Paul Goldberger, now with The New Yorker, wrote in 1976. ”There is no other place in which a single philanthropist has placed so much faith in architecture as a means to civic improvement.”
Early in Mr. Miller’s chairmanship of Cummins, a leading maker of diesel engines, the company established a foundation that fostered the design of new school buildings in Columbus. Its commitment to excellence in design encouraged other Columbus residents to sponsor equally distinguished construction.
Information provided by The New York Times.