Richard "Dick" Tullis (US'30, C'34)
Along with playing three sports all four years (track and field, basketball, and football), Dick was captain two times each of the basketball and football teams. In particular, he was captain and quarterback for the 1933 football team, the first in Principia’s history to be undefeated, untied, and never scored upon.
Dick’s most notable professional accomplishments occurred at Harris Corporation, where he began as vice president in 1956, later serving as president, chief executive, and chairman. Under his leadership, Harris grew from a domestic company with 1,200 employees and $41 million in sales to an international company of 25,000 employees with more than $2 billion in sales. Upon retiring in 1980, he served as board chair of University Circle Inc. until 1989.
The city of Cleveland, Ohio, Harris’s original location, benefited from Dick’s philanthropy. He helped construct homes after the 1966 riots there, developed housing for low-income and disabled residents, and redeveloped neighborhoods near the downtown. Many recognized Dick with awards for his charitable work, including the Urban League of Greater Cleveland and the Harvard Business School Club of Cleveland. Dick also served as a trustee of the Cleveland Orchestra and Case Western Reserve University, among other institutions.
A Principia Trustee for 18 years, Dick was honored in 1994 as the first recipient of the David K. Andrews Distinguished Alumni Award.