Dan is from Canaan, Connecticut. Mary is originally from New Brunswick, Canada.
Dan is a graduate of Salisbury School and Wesleyan University, both in Connecticut. Mary completed training at Montreal General Hospital to become a registered nurse, and received her BA in human development from Eckerd College in 1997.
In 1979, Dan became owner and CEO of NCS (National Cinema Supply) Corporation, and Mary began serving on its Board of Directors. NCS Corporation, formerly known as National Theatre Supply, has been supplying and distributing motion picture theatre equipment for over 75 years. Dan and Mary's association with NCS solidified their love for the movie business as well as assured the success of the company.
The two enjoy music - Dan at the piano, Mary sings - occasionally performing in public. They are known to give a moving rendition of "Danny Boy." The couple enjoys traveling and for many years have been courtside at Wimbledon. Dan is an avid tennis player.
Together, Dan and Mary's children have made them proud, have given them much joy, and most importantly, have given them the distinct honor of 'grandparents'.
Mary Miller began her love affair with Eckerd College almost 10 years ago after attending an RN refresher course at a local college. After pondering what she should do next, a classmate suggested Eckerd and Mary decided, "Why not?"
In May 1997, Mary received her bachelor's degree with High Honors in human development. She studied Russian history, creative writing, and studied abroad in Paris to explore the history of France, and studied in Greece for the firsthand experience of Greek mythology.
Since graduating Mary has helped other PEL students hone their writing skills by serving as a writing tutor. She has spoken at PEL information sessions and has participated in welcoming new PEL students on behalf of Eckerd.
In memory of her parents, she established the David and Blanche Colgan Memorial Award, an award given at Commencement to a graduating PEL student who has demonstrated extraordinary determination and perseverance to complete successfully his/her education through the Program for Experienced Learners.
The Mary E. Miller PEL Student Loan is a bridge loan for students awaiting financial aid who would not otherwise be able to start PEL. The Daniel P. and Mary E. Miller Scholarship is a need-based scholarship for a PEL senior majoring in Human Development. A scholarship program at the Women's Resource Center in Sarasota gives recipients starter funds to attend their first semester at Eckerd.
Mary was the first recipient of the 1998-99 PEL Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to the College and the Community. She was instrumental in organizing a PEL alumni chapter in Sarasota and has helped to coordinate alumni social events and the annual senior reception for Sarasota graduating seniors and their families.
In 2000, Mary joined the Board of Trustees at Eckerd College and continues to serve as an active member.
In November 2001, Mary donated a state-of-the-art computer lab to the Sarasota PEL Center. The donation of 16 new laptop computers resulted in the development of an Information Technology curriculum at the Sarasota Center.
For the past five years Mary has hosted and funded the annual Sarasota PEL Alumni Luncheon at Michael's on East restaurant in Sarasota. Proceeds from an opportunity drawing benefit the PEL scholarship fund. Featured speakers have included distinguished leaders from the college as well as prominent members of the local community. In addition, Dan and Mary host an annual tennis tournament that benefits the tennis program at Eckerd College.
Mary has been known to say, "Eckerd has been a life-changing experience."
Well, Dan and Mary, you've changed our lives here at Eckerd College.