Allen Apter graduated from Lehigh in 1961 with a degree in industrial engineering. After graduation, Allen entered his family's manufacturing business. He took a fledgling business and grew it into R.A. Industries of Lansdale, Pa., which manufactures material handling equipment, specialized chemical pumps, and water treatment and analysis systems. He serves on the board of the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Federation in Philadelphia and helped establish the Art Center in Ma'a lot, Israel, which he still supports today. He is also on the board of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Helene Apter is a native of New York City. She holds a bachelor's degree from Queens College and a master's degree in development and remedial reading from the City College of New York. She has taught in both New York City and Cheltenham, Pa., and is also involved in charitable work.
The couple, who are long-time benefactors of Lehigh's annual fund and the Philip and Muriel Berman Center for Jewish Studies, endowed the Helene and Allen Apter '61 Chair in Holocaust Studies and Ethical Values in the College of Arts and Sciences. Their gift supports a faculty member with expertise in Holocaust Studies, who will also contribute to broader college initiatives in ethics, values, and social change.
The Apters, who reside in Fort Washington PA, have two children and three grandchildren.