PASSINGS: Charles D. ‘Chuck’ Miller


Charles D. “Chuck” Miller, 83, an Avery Dennison Corp. executive who led the Pasadena-based company’s development of self-adhesive postage stamps and other innovative peel-and-stick labels, died Nov. 23 of complications from emphysema at his home in Pasadena.

Miller, a former salesman who was named chief executive in 1977 and chairman in 1983, also guided the firm’s international expansion efforts to Asia and elsewhere in the 1990s.

Miller joined Avery Products Corp. in 1964 and worked his way up the executive ranks. When he became chairman, he succeeded the company’s founder, Stanton Avery.


In 1990, Miller oversaw Avery International Inc.’s acquisition of competitor Dennison Manufacturing Co.

Avery had been known for its self-adhesive name badges and other office products.

Under Miller, who emphasized research and development, the company began developing new materials, such as self-adhesive stamps that could be sold in vending machines and clear film labels for plastic and glass containers.

It also capitalized on federal food labeling laws by customizing labels for products that previously had required little explanation of contents. And it worked to establish printing standards for labels and inventory systems that were adopted by computer software and hardware companies.

Not all of its efforts succeeded, though. Its attempt in the mid-1980s to overtake 3M in the sticky notes and transparent tape markets failed.

Miller retired in 1998.

He was born March 1, 1928, in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

A sports enthusiast, Miller was one of 59 mostly Angelenos named to the L.A. Olympic Organizing Committee for the 1984 Games.


— Los Angeles Times staff and wire reports