Jeff Ruthizer ’62 graduated with a degree in history and went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. He began his legal career, first as an attorney for the federal government, and then joined ABC in 1968 for the start of his 40-year career in the broadcasting industry. His career also included senior labor relations positions at NBC and RKO. Ruthizer retired as senior vice president of labor relations from the Walt Disney Company in 2009.

Looking back, Ruthizer feels his Lafayette experience greatly contributed to his success, both in his career and personal life. In fact, his connection to Lafayette has remained so strong that he has served as class president for nearly 25 years, in addition to other leadership roles including serving on the Lafayette Leadership Council and various alumni committees. “There were many professors, fraternity brothers, classmates, alumni, and friends who impacted me in my life and growth that I feel it is important to honor their memory,” says Ruthizer.