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Famous Lehigh University Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 20.5k views161 items

List RulesPeople 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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  • 1
    Actor, Voice acting

    Age68

    BirthplaceNew 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....  more
  • 2
    Businessperson

    Age97

    BirthplaceAllentown, Pennsylvania, USA

    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 the Ford Motor...  more
  • 3
    Race car driver, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 95 (1917-2012)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, 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 the...  more
  • 4
    Physicist, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 88 (1920-2008)

    BirthplaceGreat 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 sisters in Great...  more
  • 5
    Inventor, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 85 (1861-1947)

    BirthplaceFort 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 was...  more
  • 6
    Astrophysicist, Astronomer

    Age76

    BirthplaceAbington, 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
  • 7
    Pilot, Astronaut

    Age74

    BirthplacePittsburgh, 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 NASA astronaut....  more
  • 8
    Politician

    Age66

    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 State...  more
  • 9
    Businessperson, Race car driver

    Age84

    BirthplaceShaker 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 famous...  more
  • 10
    Professor, Economist

    Age67

    BirthplaceFranklin, 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 faculty member at...  more
  • 11
    Certified Public Accountant

    Age71

    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
  • 12
    Journalist, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 51 (1864-1916)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, 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
  • 13
    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, U.S....  more
  • 14
    Politician, Banker

    AgeDec. at 69 (1894-1963)

    BirthplacePennsylvania, 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 Activities...  more
  • 15
    Businessperson, Financier

    Age80

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Joseph R. Perella (born September 20, 1941) is an Italian-American financier....  more
  • 16
    Photographer

    AgeDec. at 83 (1903-1986)

    BirthplaceOttawa, 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
  • 17
    Professor, Engineer

    Age51

    Andrew (Drew) David Endy (born 1970) is a synthetic biologist and Tenured Professor of bioengineering at Stanford University, California....  more
  • 18
    Politician

    Age61

    BirthplaceAllentown, 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 Republican...  more
  • 19

    AgeDec. at 70 (1862-1933)

    BirthplaceHungerford, 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
  • 20
    Politician, Scientist

    Age80

    BirthplaceNew York City, Washington Heights, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York

    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 Lehigh...  more
  • 21
    Computer scientist

    Age58

    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 a BA...  more
  • 22
    Structural engineer, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 85 (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 Iowa,...  more
  • 23
    Politician

    Age69

    BirthplaceEaston, 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
  • 24
    Politician

    Age86

    BirthplaceDhahran, 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....  more
  • 25
    Politician

    Age74

    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 Legislative...  more