Frederick R. Kappel
Former Chairman, American Telephone and Telegraph Company
BSE, University of Minnesota, 1924. Honorary Degree of Laws from twelve universities and Honorary Doctor of Engineering from two universities
Minnesota Chapter, 1923
Chairman of the Board of Directors at American Telephone and Telegraph Company, 1961-1967; President of AT&T, 1956-1961; President of Western Electric, 1954-1956
Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1967; “Forbes Fifty Foremost” Business Leaders Citation, 1957
Mr. Kappel was the first person to communicate by telephone via satellite, Telstar, in a phone conversation with Vice President Johnson. Johnson later named Mr. Kappel as chairman of a number of Presidential Commissions, including the Commission on Postal Organization. Under President Nixon, he served as governor of the U.S. Postal Service and from 1972 to 1974, its chairman.