Edwin Hays Gott graduated from Lehigh in 1929 with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Gott and his wife Mary Louise Carr Gott raised their children Elizabeth, Barbara, and Edwin H. Jr., in their hometown. A leading figure at U.S. Steel through the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, his social involvement extended to programs the areas of community development, urban transportation and automotive safety.
In 1937, he joined U.S. Steel, serving as engineer at the firm’s Ohio Works in Youngstown, Ohio. He was transferred in 1939 to the Clairton Works in Pennsylvania, and then to Gary Works in Indiana in 1941. His efforts supporting this plant -- the company's largest -- garnered the attention of the company’s management. Within a few years, he was named assistant general superintendent of South Works in Chicago.
Gott rose through the ranks at U.S. Steel, and by 1956 had attained the position of vice president in charge of steel. Three years later, he was named administrative vice president of operations and executive vice president in charge of production. In 1967, he was elected president and chief administrative officer, and shortly thereafter accepted positions as chair of the firm’s operations policy, general administration, and executive committees.
On February 1, 1969, Gott was named chief executive officer and chairman of the board, and led the firm until his retirement in 1973. He continued to serve on the board of directors and the executive and finance committee until 1980.
Gott served on a number of corporate, industrial, charitable, and cultural boards as well. He served as chair of the American Iron and Steel Institute from 1971-1973, and on the board of directors of the Mellon National Corporation (now Mellon Bank). Gott was a board member for the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club, and was a member of the advisory committee of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera Company. An active supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, Gott served as director of the United Fund for Allegheny County, PA, and on the boards of trustees at Lehigh University, Carnegie-Mellon University, and the National Safety Council.