On Wednesday, March 25th, 2009, Utah State University Brigham City Regional Campus honored two of their most generous benefactors -- Mr. and Mrs. Milton and Selma Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Rae Perkins -- with a private luncheon, followed by a public open house.
The son of a Russian immigrant, Milton Miller had an innate desire to own land because in his family's native country, land ownership determined success. In 1947 Milton borrowed $3,000 from a relative and made his first real estate purchase ? a large area of undeveloped land in Brooklyn that sold 20 years later for over $6 million. Over the course of the next 50 years, Milton bought and sold real estate throughout the United States. One of his most common investments was 'big boxes' including the Brigham City K-Mart building which he purchased in the mid-1980?s. Milton was an avid proponent of the value of higher education. Following his passing, his wife Selma donated the K-Mart building in 2003 for the purpose of benefiting students of Utah State University Brigham City Regional Campus. It was Selma?s wish that a building on the Utah State University Brigham City campus be named in her husband?s honor. The newly renovated classroom center of Utah State University Brigham City Regional Campus now carries the name of Milton P. Miller.
Charles Perkins met his life-long sweetheart and partner, Rae Danielson in Logan, Utah. He was serving as an Air Force ROTC instructor at the time they met. Rae soon became a military wife, traveling with Charles wherever he was stationed. She became interested in the stock market while working as a bank teller. Without formal training or mentoring, Rae studied financial trends and became a proficient investor. Endearingly frugal, Rae gave Charles a "nickel allowance" and carefully saved and invested the remainder of their earnings.
Although neither Charles nor Rae completed a college degree, they both strongly believed in the value of education. As evidence of their commitment to academic achievement and opportunity, they named Utah State University the primary beneficiary of their estate. It was their wish that through their gift, dedicated students would be given the opportunity to complete their education without the added burden of financial difficulty. The Charles and Rae Perkins Scholarship Endowment will bless the lives of countless students at Utah State University for generations to come. In their honor students will now be able to meet, study, and relax in the Charles and Rae Perkins Student Lounge located within the Milton P. Miller Building.
The public joined the staff and students of Utah State University Brigham City Regional Campus as they expressed their gratitude to the Miller and Perkins families. An open house with tours was conducted from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at Milton P. Miller Building located at 195 West 1100 South, Brigham City, Utah.