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Arjay Miller, Ford Motor Co. 'Whiz Kid' who helped save a failing auto company, dies at 101

Arjay Miller, Ford Motor Co. 'Whiz Kid' who helped save a failing auto company, dies at 101

Arjay Miller, one of the Ford Motor Co. “Whiz Kids” who helped turn around a failing automaker with a push for greater safety and later championed inclusion and social justice as dean of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, has died at 101.

Miller was fresh from the Army Air Forces when he joined up with nine fellow World War II veterans to offer themselves up — as a team and a team only — to Ford, which was reportedly losing money at a rate of $1 million a day and hadn’t turned a profit in a decade and a half.

It was 1946 and Henry Ford II, the grandson of the auto company’s legendary founder, was new to the job and “searching for answers” to resuscitate the firm he’d...

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