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William Charles Hittinger

William Charles Hittinger, American electronics company executive. Named honorary citizen Bethlehem, 1966.


  • Hittinger, William Charles was born on November 10, 1922 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of John Tilghman and Pearl (Heimbach) Hittinger.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science with honors in Metallurgical Engineering, Lehigh University, 1944. Doctor of Engineering (honorary), Lehigh University, 1973.


    • Engineer Western Electric Company, 1946-1952. Production manager Semiconductor division National Union Radio Corporation, 1952-1954. Executive director Bell Telephone Laboratories, 1954-1966.

      President Bellcomm Inc., Washington, 1966-1968, General Instrument Corporation, New York City, 1968-1970. Vice president, general manager Radio Corporation of America Corporation, Somerville, New Jersey., 1970-1972, executive vice president New York City, 1972-1986. Board directors University of North Carolina Inc., Annapolis, Maryland, Stabler Companies, Inc., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Biotechnica International Inc., Radio Corporation of America Corporation, Thomas & Betts, Recognition Equipment, Allen Bradley, American Fletcher Corporation, Bethlehem Steel.


    Board directors Bethlehem Foreign Policy Association, 1960-1962, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. Trustee, interim president Lehigh University, 1997. Served to captain Army of the United States, 1943-1946.

    Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Royal Academy Arts. Member National Academy Engineering, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Gamma Delta, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi.


    • Married Elizabeth Herman, July 9, 1944. Children– Patricia, William, David, Nancy.
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    • 1944
      Lehigh University
    • 1973
      Lehigh University
    • 1946 - 1952
      Engineer, Western Electric Company
    • 1952 - 1954
      production manager, Semiconductor division National Union Radio Corporation
    • 1954 - 1966
      executive, director Bell Telephone Laboratories
    • 1966 - 1968
      president, Bellcomm Incorporated
      Washington, United States
    • 1968 - 1970
      president, Bellcomm Incorporated
    • 1970 - 1972
      vice president, Radio Corporation of America Corporation
      Somerville, New Jersey, United States
    • 1970 - 1972
      general manager, Radio Corporation of America Corporation
      Somerville, New Jersey, United States
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