Pulleys honor Miami roots through $1 million giftSep 24, 2010
A $1 million gift from Miami Merger Bob and Doris Stanfill Pulley of
Honolulu, Hawaii, has secured naming rights for The Bob '52 and Doris
'52 Pulley Diner within the Armstrong Student Center (ASC).
“Miami means so much to Doris and me,” Bob Pulley said. “We met there, fell in love there, and got married there. We loved the school and the friends we made there. It just felt right to give something back.”
As the ASC’s 24/7 dining venue, The Bob and Doris Pulley Diner will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner in booths and on dining counter stools. Ideal for a late-night study break or a gathering of friends, this prominent 2,750 square-foot venue includes seating for nearly 200 and several large televisions for students to gather and watch sporting events.
“We are pleased that Bob and Doris Pulley, another great Miami couple, have stepped forward with their support of the Armstrong Student Center,” said President David C. Hodge. “The Bob and Doris Pulley Diner not only captures the personal Miami Experience of Mr. and Mrs. Pulley, it will be a mainstay of campus life for generations of future Miamians.”
The Pulleys, who have resided in Hawaii since 1962, played integral roles in the development of three luxury high-rise condos in Waikiki, as well as later residential developments in the western mainland of the U.S. They were also half of a partnership that brought the Burger King franchise to the Hawaiian Islands in the 1970s.
Bob Pulley is the son of Verlin Pulley ’25, a former Miami University trustee and mayor of Oxford, who founded the Capitol Cleaners chain. Bob, who grew up in Oxford, was active in Phi Delta Theta and Omicron Delta Kappa during his undergraduate career. He served as an aviator in the U.S. Navy and in the Naval Reserves following college. Doris is a Cincinnati native who was active in Delta Delta Delta sorority while majoring in elementary education.
The gift adds further momentum to the Armstrong Student Center project, which received a $15 million leadership gift from Mike ’61 and Anne Armstrong ’61 in July.
Scheduled for completion in 2014, the ASC is considered the future of the Miami Experience, providing students with opportunities to come together in one place to collaborate, exercise leadership, and connect globally through advanced technologies.
The Pulleys’ generosity also supports the Miami University Campaign For Love and Honor, a $500 million initiative supporting scholarships, faculty, student-learning opportunities, academic programs, and facilities and grounds.