Norman J. Merksamer graduated from Lehigh University with honors in 1952 and went on to earn a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He is a certified public accountant and was an independent member of the New York Stock Exchange, active on the trading floor for approximately 25 years. He is still active on Wall Street on a part-time basis.
Since graduation, Norman and his wife, Geraldine, have been generous to Lehigh. Their support includes a memorial scholarship in honor of his late parents, discretionary fund for the dean in the College of Business and Economics, and funding for projects in Rauch Business Center, Alumni Memorial Building, the Financial Services Laboratory, and Goodman Stadium.
A tireless Lehigh volunteer in fundraising and recruitment, Norman helped chair the New York City campaign during Lehigh’s Preserving the Vision campaign, presently serves on the executive committee of the board of advisors to Lehigh’s College of Business and Economics, and is a member of the Lehigh Leadership Council. In recognition of his efforts, Norman’s classmates honored him with the Alumni Award at his 40th reunion. He received the prestigious “L-in-Life” Award in 1990. He received the Eugene G. Grace Award from the university in 2002 and the James Ward Packard ME 1884 Distinguished Service Award in 2004.
The Merksamers are frequent visitors to the Lehigh Valley, where they met while Geraldine was attending Cedar Crest College. They are parents of Gregg D. Merksamer, who graduated from Lehigh in 1984. The couple lives in Scarsdale, New York.