Winter 2016

Gerard ’50 and Doris Zulli at his 2000 Golden Hawk reunion. The Zullis joined the Ignatian Circle when they included the University in their estate plans. Their generosity will impact students on Hawk Hill for generations.

Accounting for the Future

Generosity of Gerard ’50 and Doris Zulli helps Haub School and Arts & Sciences students

Gerard Zulli ’50 as a student.

Gerard Zulli ’50 must have marked his Hawk Hill experience in the credit column of his life’s ledger. At Saint Joseph’s University, he acquired the necessary skills to propel him to a successful, nearly 40-year accounting career at Deloitte & Touche. To Zulli, however, obtaining a Saint Joseph’s degree was more than a transaction.

Though Gerard and Doris passed away in 2012 and 2015, respectively, the Zullis, members of the Ignatian Circle, the University’s legacy giving society, will impact Hawk Hill for generations to come. The couple did not have children and named Saint Joseph’s University a beneficiary in their estate plans to take care of their “family.”

“He loved the school and he and his wife Doris directed their philanthropy toward Saint Joseph’s because they were happiest doing for others,” said Robert Freda, Esq., the Zullis’ longtime estate planning attorney.

In 2006, the Zullis made a planned giving pledge — a bequest — toward the purchase of the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus. The Zullis recognized the potential generational impact of the acquisition of the former Episcopal Academy. The 38-acre campus nearly doubled the footprint of the University and paved the way for unprecedented expansion of the University’s academic, athletic and student life programs.

Their generosity was recognized in the naming of “Zulli Hall,” a wing of Merion Hall, the Maguire Campus’ largest academic building. Renovated in 2010, Merion Hall houses the University’s English, sociology and education departments and many specialized learning spaces. The Zullis are recognized on the campaign donor wall in Merion Hall.

Their bequest also supports the endowed Gerard A. and Doris M. Zulli Scholarship, which they established in 1999, and provides scholarship awards for Haub School students. Since its inception, the fund has awarded more than $75,000 to eight students. As an endowed fund, the scholarship will continue to provide awards for SJU students in perpetuity.

During their lives, the Zullis were generous to his alma mater as longtime members of the Barbelin Society for annual giving leadership. They also supported the building of the Chapel of St. Joseph – Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial, Erivan K. Haub School of Business operating fund and Edward G. Sutula Chair of Accounting.

The Zullis personify “Freely you have received; freely give” from the Book of Matthew. By supporting students and initiatives, the Zullis may inspire alumni to make their own investment in Saint Joseph’s University. Excellent returns are guaranteed.

– Kevin Kaufman