Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Alumnus of the Year

Frank Tyrolt ’54 is recipient of the 2014 Alumnus of the Year award, the highest alumni award presented by the university. 

Tyrolt has demonstrated a strong commitment and dedication to Millikin for many years, both through service and generous financial support. Having served on Millikin’s board of trustees for three consecutive terms, he is now an emeritus trustee. As a board member, he served on the campaign steering committee and the alumni and external development committee. 

In recognition of his success as a businessman and his contribution to Millikin, Tyrolt received the Alumni Merit-Loyalty Award in 2000. Four years later, he was inducted into the Millikin Medallion Society, recognizing him as one of the 100 living people most influential to Millikin at the time the university celebrated its centennial. Tyrolt and his wife, Shirley, are also members of the Investors Society, an organization for those who have included Millikin in their estate plans.

Tyrolt has supported his alma mater through several capital campaigns, and with more than four decades of faithful, generous contributions to The Millikin Fund. His gifts during the “Advancing the Vision” capital campaign supported the Leighty-Tabor Science Center, ADM-Scovill Business Center, the renovation of Albert Taylor Theatre, the John May Scholarship and the SAE Endowment for Excellence. His contributions to the current capital campaign, “Transform MU,” have supported Exercise Science and Sport, the Zemke International Fellows Fund, Project Confirm and the Big Blue football team. 

As a Millikin student, Tyrolt was sports editor for the yearbook and served as vice-president and social chairman of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. After graduating with a degree in business administration, Tyrolt served in the U.S. Navy for two years. 

After working in sales for firms in Chicago and Minnesota for nine years, Tyrolt returned to Decatur in 1966 as partner and general manager of Dunn Co. He became the president and CEO in 1968. 

Under Tyrolt’s leadership, Dunn Co. has expanded from a retail coal dealership to become a comprehensive asphalt contractor with nearly $20 million in annual sales. Tyrolt retired as chairman of Dunn Co. in 1999. 

He and his wife frequently attend Millikin football games, Investors Society dinners, Vespers and Kirkland events. They have eight children and 14 grandchildren. 


Alumnus of the Year Recipients:

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1954
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Orval Diehl '22
Andrew Dallstream '15
R. Zink Sanders '07
Arthur Wells '35
Neva Welsh Gauger '14
H. Ray Myers '26
Victor Dewein '26
William '33 and Ruth Blair Hipsher '30
J. Neil Arrington '26
J. Edwin Griswold '24
W. Lawrence Rotz '20
Harold R. Sampson '22
R. Wayne "Hank" Gill '21
Charlotte Meyer '31
William F. Hayes, Sr. '20
James Dunning '31
Eva Coberly Kirkland '15
Ida Diller Record '07
John C. Griswold '23
William Requarth '35
John '31 and Ula Davis Leighty '33
Eva Davis Casey '10 and Ina Wornick Mills '09
Clarence R. Flint '30
H. A. "Bunk" Douglas '26
Robert W. Bartlett '31
Herbert D. Ryman '31
J. William Record '38
Nola Treat '07
Anonymous
Mabel Hays Cooper '18 and Helen Hays Hepperlen '28
Florence E. Birks '26 and Jenna R. Birks '22
Purvis and Roberta Morris Tabor '36
George Musso '33
Howard L Gravett '33
Amherst F. Hardy '32
Clarence "Red" Johnson '50
Rosalia McCambridge Weck '25
Fanny Powers Bassett '27
James H. Henson '58
Howard Nyberg '49
Wayne Krows '51
Emily Johnson Metzler '29
Virginia Holben Rogers '32
Joan Honicker Parker '47
Robert C. Hanna '50
William Eichenauer '51
G. William Harner '47
Larry D. Haab '59
James E. Fitzgerald '53 and Donna Riechman Fitzgerald '54
Patricia Smith Perkinson '45 and C.D. "Perk" Perkinson, D.H.L.
Paul Hung, '56
George Irish '68
Robert W.Smith '62 and Lucy Lindsay Smith '67
Bruce Nims '72
Douglas Oberhelman '75
John Adney '72
Jeff Black '75
Robert Moorehead '46 and Charlotte Beesley Moorehead '47
Lyn Gallion Houston '59
David Roth '63
Duane Avis and Joan Adams Avis, both ’53
Barbara Burgis Zuegel '53 and Herb Zuegel '52
Michael Waller '63
Frank Tyrolt '54

 
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL