Historical records matching Tony Hulman Jr
About Tony Hulman Jr
Birth: Feb. 2, 1901
Death: Oct. 27, 1977
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.
Burial: Calvary Cemetery Terre Haute Vigo County Indiana, USA
Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Aug 28, 2000 Find A Grave Memorial# 11927
Anton "Tony" Hulman, Jr. (February 11, 1901 – October 27, 1977) was a businessman from Terre Haute, Indiana who bought the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1945 and brought racing back to the famous race course after a four year hiatus following World War II.