Rauch Business Center
The Rauch Center for Business Communication (RCBC) was established in 1981 by a generous contribution by Phillip Rauch. The center provides curricular support to the undergraduate and graduate programs of the College of Business and Economics. The RCBC focuses on the traditional modes of business communications, such as writing technique, rhetoric, and oral presentation. It also coordinates efforts with the Undergraduate Center and other University services to develop students’ additional professional skills, including presentation, listening, networking, and professional working skills. All these skills better prepare students for today’s global environment.
A member of Lehigh’s Class of 1933, Philip Rauch studied business administration, was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and earned his varsity letters in both football and wrestling–receiving the Lewis Cup for most outstanding wrestler during his freshman year. Rauch, retired chairman of the board of the Parker-Hannifin Corporation, a Fortune 500 Company in Cleveland, Ohio, established a scholarship in 1991 to attract talented wrestlers to Lehigh and to demonstrate a great affinity for both the sport and the institution. Rauch also established a center in business communications since he believed that the ability to communicate orally and in writing essential for business executives. Rauch was elected into the Lehigh Athletic Hall of Fame and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as an outstanding American. He has also been awarded the L-in-Life Award by the Lehigh Club of New York and the Alumni Award.
Prior to his position on the board of the Packer Hannifin Corporation, Rauch built a small family enterprise, the Ideal Clamp Manufacturing Company, into a diversified business. In 1972, Ideal Corporation merged with Parker Hannifin a large public corporation. He passed away in November 2006.