Inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, Knight of the Holy Sepulchre
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Upon graduation from Saint Mary’s 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.