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 Anton “Tony” Hulman, Jr

Anton “Tony” Hulman, Jr

Birth
Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, USA
Death 27 Oct 1977 (aged 76)
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
Burial Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 11927 · View Source
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Businessman. Yale-educated, he inherited a multimillion-dollar company, Hulman and Company, when his father died in 1942. "Clabber Girl" baking soda was one of its premier products. He is best remembered for having been persuaded by Wilbur Shaw to purchase the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which had fallen into disrepair during an inactive period during World War II, from Eddie Rickenbacker and developing the 500-Mile Race into the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing." He issued the "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines" command at the beginning of each Classic between 1955 and 1977. Through the philanthropy of the Hulman Foundation, Hulman Field, Terre Haute, Indiana's international airport, and the Hulman Center and Hulman Hall at Indiana State University bear his name. Rose Polytechnic Institute is perhaps the most fortunate benefactor of the Hulman Foundation. In 1970, an $11 million gift from the Foundation resulted in the school changing its name to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The additional funding resulted in a strengthened curriculum that propelled the school to national prominence among engineering institutions.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 28 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11927
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Anton “Tony” Hulman, Jr (11 Feb 1901–27 Oct 1977), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11927, citing Calvary Cemetery, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .