Walter C. Allen, Jr. was one of Lehigh’s greatest secret admirers. Without informing Lehigh of his plans before his death, Walter donated $1.96 million dollars to the university through his estate. The gift to the general endowment, named the Walter C. Allen, Jr. ’38 Endowed Fund, will be used to support the university’s highest priorities. Walter’s unrestricted gift reflects not only his belief in the value of a Lehigh education, but his trust in the institution to use his investment in the very best way possible.
While a student, Walter (whose Epitome entry notes the nicknames “Wally” and “Snootz”) studied electrical engineering, served as vice president of Pi Kappa Alpha, and wrestled under legendary coach Billy Sheridan. He pursued electrical engineering after graduation, eventually retiring as chief engineer of Embarq, now known as CenturyLink, a high speed internet, TV, and voice services provider.
Walter regularly supported Lehigh with annual gifts as an Asa Packer Society member. He will be remembered with his induction as a Leadership Plaza member for his quiet generosity and faith in Lehigh. Walter passed away on November 9, 2011.