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Famous Lehigh University Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Lehigh University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Lehigh University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Lehigh University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Lehigh University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Lehigh University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Lehigh University.

This list is made up of graduates like Lee Iacocca and Don Most.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Lehigh University?” and “Which celebrities are Lehigh University alumni?”
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Don Most is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 62

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Don Most (born August 8, 1953) is an American actor and singer, best known for his role as Ralph Malph on the television series Happy Days.
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Lee Iacocca is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 91

Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Lido Anthony "Lee" Iacocca ( EYE-ə-KOH-kə; October 15, 1924 – July 2, 2019) was an American automobile executive best known for the development of Ford Mustang and Pinto cars, while at ...more

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John Fitch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Race car driver, Inventor, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 95 (1917-2012)

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana

John Cooper Fitch (August 4, 1917 in Indianapolis, Indiana – October 31, 2012) was an American racing driver and inventor. He was the first American to race automobiles successfully in Europe in ...more
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Lester Hogan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Physicist, Inventor

Age: Dec. at 88 (1920-2008)

Birthplace: Great Falls, Montana

Clarence Lester "Les" Hogan (February 8, 1920 – August 12, 2008) was an American physicist and a pioneer in microwave and semiconductor technology. He grew up as a brother to three ...more
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Jesse W. Reno is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Inventor, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 86 (1861-1947)

Birthplace: Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas

Jesse Wilford Reno (August 4, 1861 – June 2, 1947) invented the first working escalator in 1891 (patented March 15, 1892) used at the Old Iron Pier, Coney Island, New York City. His invention ...more
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John-David F. Bartoe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Astrophysicist, Astronomer

Age: 74

Birthplace: Abington, Abington Township, Pennsylvania

John-David Francis Bartoe (born November 17, 1944 in Abington, Pennsylvania) is an American astrophysicist. He is the Research Manager for the International Space Station (ISS) at NASA's Johnson ...more
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Terry Hart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut

Age: 72

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Terry Jonathan "T.J." Hart (Pittsburgh, October 27, 1946 ) is an American mechanical and electrical engineer, a retired United States Air Force lieutenant colonel and pilot, and former
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Thomas Duane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Politician

Age: 64

Thomas K. Duane (born January 30, 1955) is an American politician from New York, who served in the New York State Senate from 1999 to 2012. Duane was the first openly gay member of the New York ...more
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Roger Penske is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Businessperson, Race car driver, Entrepreneur

Age: 82

Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio

Roger Searle Penske (born February 20, 1937) is an American businessman and entrepreneur involved in professional auto racing and formerly a professional auto racing driver himself. He is most ...more
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Kenneth French is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Professor, Economist

Age: 64

Birthplace: Franklin, New Hampshire

Kenneth Ronald "Ken" French (born March 10, 1954) is the Roth Family Distinguished Professor of Finance at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. He has previously been a ...more
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Roderick C. McGeary is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Certified Public Accountant

Age: 69

Roderick C. McGeary served on BearingPoint Company from March 2005 until December 2007 in a full-time capacity, focusing on clients, employees and business partners. He has been a member of the ...more
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Richard Harding Davis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter

Age: Dec. at 52 (1864-1916)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Richard Harding Davis (April 18, 1864 – April 11, 1916) was an American journalist and writer of fiction and drama, known foremost as the first American war correspondent to cover the ...more
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John H. Tilelli, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
John H. Tilelli, Jr.

Age: 77

Birthplace: New York City, New York

John Harold Tilelli Jr. (born October 2, 1941) is a retired United States Army four-star general who served as Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army (VCSA) from 1994 to 1995; Commanding General, ...more
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Francis E. Walter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Politician, Banker

Age: Dec. at 69 (1894-1963)

Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States of America

Francis Eugene Walter (May 26, 1894 – May 31, 1963) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. Walter was a prominent member of the House Un-American ...more
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Joseph R. Perella is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Businessperson, Financier

Age: 77

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Joseph R. Perella (born September 20, 1941) is an Italian-American financier.
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Russell Lee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Photographer

Age: Dec. at 83 (1903-1986)

Birthplace: Ottawa, Illinois

Russell Lee (July 21, 1903 – August 28, 1986) was an American photographer and photojournalist, best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). His images documented the ...more
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Drew Endy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Professor, Engineer

Age: 49

Andrew (Drew) David Endy (born 1970) is a synthetic biologist and Tenured Professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, California.
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Charlie Dent is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Politician

Age: 58

Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Charles Wieder Dent (born May 24, 1960) is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district from 2005 to 2018. He is a member of the ...more
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James E. Talmage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Writer

Age: Dec. at 71 (1862-1933)

Birthplace: Hungerford, United Kingdom

James Edward Talmage (21 September 1862 – 27 July 1933) was an English chemist, geologist, and religious leader who served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus ...more
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Donald L. Ritter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Politician, Scientist

Age: 78

Birthplace: Washington Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

Donald Lawrence Ritter (born October 21, 1940) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. He represented Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district in the ...more
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Jane Hillston is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Computer scientist

Age: 56

Jane Elizabeth Hillston (born 1963) is Professor of Quantitative Modelling and an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow in the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.Hillston received ...more
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C.A.P. Turner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Structural engineer, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 86 (1869-1955)

Claude Allen Porter Turner (July 4, 1869 – January 10, 1955) was an American structural engineer who designed a number of buildings and bridges, particularly in the midwestern U.S. states of ...more
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Leonard Lance is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Politician

Age: 66

Birthplace: Easton, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Leonard J. Lance (born June 25, 1952) is a former American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 7th congressional district, from 2009 to 2019. He is a member of the ...more
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Ali al-Naimi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Politician

Age: 84

Birthplace: Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi (Arabic: علي بن إبراهيم النعيمي‎) (born 2 August 1935) was the Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources from 1995 to 2016.
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Robert Martin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Lehigh University Alumni
Robert Martin Politician

Age: 72

Robert J. Martin (born January 13, 1947) is an American Republican Party politician, who served as a member of the New Jersey State Senate from 1993 to 2008, where he represented the 26th ...more