On his move-in day freshman year, Herb Roemmele '53 was scared and homesick after his parents drove away. He had tears in his eyes and felt that he would have been more comfortable at a school in his native New Jersey. It took only a matter of days for that feeling to disappear.
"I really feel that Lehigh changed my life. I went there sort of as a nerd, and they turned me around — both as a personality and as a student — to lay the foundation to succeed in business," said Herb, senior vice president, Wells Fargo Advisors.
Herb not only flourished at Lehigh as a business administration student, he excelled. He was president of Sigma Nu fraternity and his junior class, vice president of the Interfraternity Council, assistant sports editor for the Brown & White, and member of honorary fraternities Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa.
Herb credits his career success to his excellent professors, challenging courses, and a wealth of campus activities. "Lehigh did provide the leadership training for me to end up where I have been for over 50 years in the stock brokerage business."
Herb received the James Ward Packard Award in 2007 for his volunteer work in planned giving and for his continual campaign on behalf of Lehigh's educational mission. Many alumni also know this "roving ambassador for Lehigh" as former host of Florida Swing events and the Lehigh/Lafayette Jersey Shore telecasts.
A longtime member of the Asa Packer Society and Tower Society, Herb became a participant in Lehigh's life income program. "I could repay my gratitude to Lehigh and all facets of what that means," he said. "In doing so, I was able to take advantage of the university's fine annuity program — which enabled me to donate money but at the same time provide an income to me for as many years as I have to live."