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Stadium Field Name Honors Purmort Family
Through the generosity of Capital University alumnus Wells Purmort (’58), the turf field surface at Bernlohr Stadium will be in good hands for many years to come. A $1 million endowment by Purmort will fund the upkeep and eventual replacement for the field, which will help support the success of all Capital athletic programs.
To show appreciation for the Purmort family's kindness, the turf surface was dedicated as “Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium” during Homecoming football pregame festivities.
“Capital University athletics is grateful to the Purmort family for its incredible generosity,” says Steve Bruning, director of Capital Athletics and Recreation. “The gift they are giving will help ensure that our teams will compete in a state-of-the-art venue today, tomorrow and well into the future.”
Purmort began his studies in the Conservatory of Music, but after two years switched his course of study to business administration. He developed polio at age 14, but continued to be a true fan of athletics, especially Capital athletics. He was junior class vice president and senior class president, and was a member of Circle K, Economic Club and Phi Mu Alpha. He was sports editor of The Chimes and a football statistician. Following his graduation, he started an insurance agency that his son continues to run today.
“Our family gift to Capital University serves as a repayment to this great school for the investment they made in me,” says Purmort, who received Capital’s Alumni Achievement Award in 1989. “They taught me … to be a winner, and what it meant to win, and for this I am grateful and pleased to give back.”
“I am grateful to Mr. Purmort for this gift that will truly keep on giving well into the future,” says Dr. Beth Paul, Capital University president. “Most special is his celebration of his Capital education that has remained a valued, significant part of his life. We are so proud to have the opportunity to honor Mr. Purmort and his family in this way.”
Purmort lives in Sarasota, Fla., with his wife, Marsha. He has three children, sons Matthew and Jamie Purmort, daughter Amy Frye and many grandchildren.