Wouter deNie ’68 ’72G was a truly devoted Lehigh alumnus and contributed his time and resources to the betterment of the Lehigh community. He served as the LUAA Club President, was a planned giving class chairman, and he was a phonathon volunteer. In 2018, shortly after he passed away, Wouter received the James Ward Packard ME 1884 Award, which recognizes an individual who has championed the educational mission of Lehigh University and acknowledges the meritorious volunteer work done for the planned giving program. Wouter supported so many initiatives at Lehigh, including athletics, campus beautification, and the Lehigh Fund. In 2006 he established the Wouter M. deNie ’68 Endowed Scholarship Fund to provide financial aid for students.
Wouter received both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Arts in economics from Lehigh. He then went on to earn a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in transportation engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He was employed as a Senior Financial Analyst for Air Products. He also taught at the Gow School for Boys, Lehigh Carbon Community College and at various business schools and incarceration facilities.
Wouter was a Founder’s Associate of the Asa Packer Society and a member of both the Tower Society and the Athletic Partnership. Wouter had the distinction of attending 50 consecutive Lehigh/Lafayette games in his lifetime. He passed away in 2018.