Charles D. Couch graduated in 1938 from Lehigh University with a degree in business administration from the College of Business and Economics. While at Lehigh, he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity and a tennis player.
Couch was a long-time benefactor of the Lehigh Fund. He was a member of Lehigh’s Asa Packer Society, and in the Tower Society. In 2003, he received the university’s Alumni Award, which recognizes men and women who have given continuing support to the university and contributed significantly to their communities.
Couch, who retired from the treasurer’s department at DuPont in 1979 and was a long-time Delaware resident, was a direct descendent of Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf, one of the leaders of the Moravian denomination in the 1700s, and his daughter, Countess Benigna von Watteville. Her founding of the Moravian Seminary in 1742 created the origins of Moravian College.
Following his death in 2006 at the age of 91, Lehigh received $4 million for general endowment from Couch’s estate.