Gerard E. Tarzia was a Vice President and Worldwide Director of the Rohm and Haas Company's Monomers business. He earned a B.S. in chemical engineering, magna cum laude, from Lehigh in 1982, before going on to earn his M.B.A. with Distinction from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1986.
Rohm and Haas Company's Monomers business supplies acrylates, methacrylates, and specialty monomers for sale on the "merchant", or open market throughout the world, as well as for captive use with the Rohm and Haas Company. Rohm and Haas is both the world's largest and oldest producer of acrylic and methacrylate monomers. Tarzia joined the company in 1986 and has held numerous assignments in marketing and business management. Between 1992 and 1996, he worked in Europe, holding positions such as regional business manager for Industrial Coatings, based in Germany, as well as general manager for Rohm and Haas Spain, based in Barcelona. In 1996, he returned to the United States to lead the Building Products business. He was named Business Director for Biocides in 1998, and was elected a Vice President the same year. In 1999, Tarzia assumed responsibility for a newly formed business unit and in 2002 assumed the role of business director for Monomers.
During his time at Lehigh Tarzia was a brother of Chi Psi fraternity. Post graduation, he served as President of the Lehigh University Alumni Association Board of Directors and Lehigh's Board of Trustees. He was also a member of the Career Advisors Network, the Lehigh Leadership Council, the Annual Fund Volunteers, and the College of Engineering Advisory Board.
Gerard E. Tarzia passed away in 2005 after battling cancer for almost 20 years. He is survived by his wife, Robin, and their three young children. The family still maintains a close relationship with Lehigh University.