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William Charles Hittinger

electronics company executive

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.


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.