Eugene S. Pulliam, a Rector Scholar at DePauw, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history upon his graduation from DePauw in 1935. While a student, he was the editor of The DePauw student newspaper and served as president of Sigma Delta Chi. Following graduation, Pulliam worked for United Press International in Chicago, Detroit and Buffalo for two years and then joined WIRE Radio in Indianapolis as news editor in 1937. His career was interrupted by World War II, during which he served four years in the Navy.
After the war, Pulliam worked at both the Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis News before being promoted to assistant publisher of both newspapers in 1962. In 1975, he became publisher of the Star and the News and in 1979 also became president of Phoenix Newspapers Inc. Pulliam served as executive vice president of Central Newspapers Inc. and publisher of Indianapolis Newspapers Inc.
Eugene C. Pulliam, Class of 1910, was one of 10 young men who made journalism history, when in 1909 on DePauw's campus they founded Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists, as a journalism fraternity for the purpose of improving the professional and ethical standards of the industry. Eugene C. Pulliam's career at DePauw also included founder and business manager of the ambitious DePauw Daily. He served for 32 years as a trustee of DePauw.
Eugene C. Pulliam's mother attended Asbury College, the predecessor of DePauw University. His three children, Eugene S. Pulliam, Corinne Pulliam Quayle and Suzanne Pulliam Murphy, were graduated from DePauw, as was his sister, Corinne P. Baker. James Quayle, the husband of Corinne Pulliam Quayle, is a 1943 DePauw graduate, as is their son, James Danforth Quayle '69, former Vice President of the United States.
Jamie Sue McDaniel Schulte, granddaughter of Eugene C. Pulliam, is a member of DePauw's Class of 1970, and her son, Richard E. Schulte, Jr., also attended DePauw. Myrta Pulliam serves as a member of DePauw's Board of Visitors, and her brother, Russell Pulliam, is a member of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Board with an office located in Greencastle.