Ross Lehman, former Alumni Association leader, dies at 85

December 17, 2003

Ross B. Lehman, 85, of State College, died Friday (Dec. 12) at home after a long illness. A 1942 graduate of Penn State, he was executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association from 1970 to 1983. In 1983, he was awarded the Lion's Paw Medal for lifetime service to the University. In 1988, Penn State's Board of Trustees bestowed upon him the title of Distinguished Alumnus. As a student, he served as editor of the Collegian. He and his wife, Kathryn "Katey" Popp, wrote a prize-winning Centre Daily Times column, "Open House," for 26 years. Lehman was also a decorated World War II veteran and assistant city editor of the Lancaster New Era before joining the staff of the Penn State Alumni Association in 1948.
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