Joyce and Carol Pillsbury were among the University’s most fervent supporters. The University bestowed Mr. Pillsbury an honorary doctorate in 2004 for his servant leadership in St. Louis and beyond. The Pillsbury Foundations are the largest benefactors of the University.
Under Mr. Pillsbury’s leadership, the Pillsbury Foundations provided the lead gift to help build the Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts Center. The Pillsbury’s daughter, Mary Pillsbury-Wainwright, remains an active leader at the University as a generous supporter and member of the Board of Trustees.
Mrs. Pillsbury passed away in 2002; Mr. Pillsbury passed away in 2005.