Herbert J. Siegel received his B.A. in journalism from Lehigh in 1950. During his undergraduate years, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity, the Brown and White staff, Interfraternity Council, and the band. He also participated in swimming and J.V. football teams.
Siegel built his career at Chris-Craft Industries, a boat manufacturer and chemical business that evolved into a non-network television organization. From 1968-2001, Siegel served as president and chairman of the board. In 2001, Chris-Craft Industries was acquired by News Corporation of America, where Siegel serves as a senior advisor. He is also a director at the Citadel Broadcasting. A graduate of Blair Academy, Siegel served on the board of trustees at the school from 1985-1992 and was chair of the finance committee.
Siegel established numerous endowed scholarship funds, and in 1987, created the Franz Faculty Development Fund and Franz Fellowship Fund to honor the retirement of Paul J. Franz, Lehigh’s first vice president of development. In 1990, Siegel established the Ann L. Siegel Scholarship in honor of his wife, Ann, to support female students majoring in journalism or pre-med. The Siegels endowed the Ann and Herbert Siegel Chair for the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1994, a position currently held by Ann Meltzer. Siegel’s most recent gift provides annual support and endowment for athletics.
Siegel was honored by the New York Alumni Club with the “L-in-Life” award in 1992 for his outstanding service to Lehigh. He served as a university trustee from 1989-1992.
Ann Siegel attended Centenary Junior College and the New York School of Interior Design, and was an active philanthropist. She passed away in 2005.