The MU Business School is now the Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business after the school received a large donation from his widow, Geraldine Trulaske.
Laura Harris, the school’s media relations coordinator, said the family asked to keep the amount of the donation confidential.
Harris also said a name will enhance the school’s national reputation. About 75 percent of business schools listed in rankings provided by The Wall Street Journal or the U.S. News and World Report have a name attached, according to the school’s press release.
The Trulaske family lives in St. Louis. After returning from World War II, Trulaske started True Manufacturing with his father and brother. True Manufacturing operates in Missouri as well as internationally, making and distributing commercial refrigeration products.
Trulaske’s support for the business school began in 1997, when he created an endowment to fund scholarships and a scholarship coordinator.
He died in 2004 at the age of 86.
Two years ago, Geraldine Trulaske donated money to endow six faculty positions at the business school and a campuswide scholarship program. Currently, 36 students have Trulaske scholarships.
The Business School becomes only the second college with a name attached at MU. The other is the Sinclair School of Nursing, named after Boone County residents and school supporters Charles and Josie Smith Sinclair. The Sinclairs required the care of an in-home nurse after Charles was injured in a buggy accident, and then later in a train wreck in the early 1900s. The family’s support of the nursing school stemmed from their appreciation of the nurses’ care, according to the Nursing School’s website.