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Harvey Mehlhouse ’36

Physics major

After becoming president of Western Electric Company in 1969 (the 10th-largest company in the United States at the time), Harvey Mehlhouse quickly earned a reputation for running a tight ship. So when the U.S. Treasury sought to improve its operations at the Philadelphia Mint in 1971, it tapped Mehlhouse’s expertise and immediately adopted his recommendations for more efficient production planning, scheduling, quality control and materials handling. His managerial skills earned him director positions at Bell Telephone Laboratories, Sandia Corporation and Uniroyal, Inc.

In 1967, Mehlhouse was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by North Central College. He also received the College’s Outstanding Alumni Award in 1967.