Stories Alumni in Action - Anthony Adducci

Published on April 3rd, 2014 | by SMUMN


Alumni in Action: Anthony “Tony” Adducci — inventor, entrepreneur, philantropist, Knight of the Holy Sepulchre

Upon graduation from Saint Mary’s in 1959 with a degree in physics, Tony Adducci did additional study in electrical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and business administration at the University of Minnesota.

In 1961, he joined International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation in Chicago where, as a development engineer, he instructed numerous training courses on digital data communication systems, and as a senior test engineer he directed ITT personnel in electro-interference testing of the Boeing Minuteman (missile) for the Strategic Air Command.

Adducci is best known for co-founding Cardiac Pacemakers Inc. (CPI), the company that manufactured the world’s first lithium battery artificial pacemaker.

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