Donald M. Gruhn '49
New York Stock Exchange (ret.)
Donald M. Gruhn graduated from Lehigh University in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. While an undergraduate, he was a member of Pi Lambda Phi and participated in the Glee Club/Choral Arts Club. In addition, he was a member of the men's soccer team and Mustard & Cheese (drama club) and actively involved in the Brown and White.
Mr. Gruhn, now retired, spent over 40 years in the financial services industry as a Member of the New York Stock Exchange and a general partner in two firms.
Currently, he is a member of the College of Business and Economics Dean's Advisory Council. In addition to the College of Business and Economics (CBE), Mr. Gruhn generously supports Lehigh's Athletic Partnership Program, the Journalism department, Linderman Library, the STEPS Building, Lehigh's Martindale Society, and has been a key benefactor of the Financial Services Laboratory. He and his wife Judy created the Judy and Donald M. Gruhn '49 Endowed Scholarship Fund in 2004. The scholarship supports undergraduate students with a preference for those majoring in Finance.
In 2008, Mr. Gruhn established an endowment for a Distinguished Speaker Series in Finance, thus formalizing his long tradition of bringing speakers to the CBE to address students on business topics. On October 22, 2010 Judy and Donald M. Gruhn '49 were inducted into Leadership Plaza-an honor afforded to Lehigh's most generous benefactors.
Mr. Gruhn is an emeritus member of the Dean's Advisory Council.