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Distinguished Alumni 1988: Angelo J. Carnaghi

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Angelo J. Carnaghi

B.S. Purdue University, 1950

Mr. Carnaghi’s career at Eli Lilly and Company has been devoted primarily to the company’s pharmaceutical production operations in the United States.  Joining Lilly as a pharmaceutical chemist following his graduation from Purdue in 1950, he later became an assistant department head of pharmaceutical production, a senior production engineer in capsule manufacturing, assistant manager, and then manager of the capsule group.  In 1968, Mr. Carnaghi was named manager of the firm’s packaging manufacturing facility in Roanoke, Virginia.  He returned to Indianapolis in 1970 as director of dry products operations. 

In 1975 Mr. Carhaghi became executive director of productions operations and two year later was named executive director of materials planning and corporate services.  He became vice president of production operations in 1979 and assumed added responsibility for the company’s distribution operations in 1985.  Mr. Carnaghi has served as chairman of the production, engineering, and materials management section of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association and as a member of the boards of directors of the Technical Assistance Program at Purdue, Junior Achievement, Community Action Against Poverty, and the Lilly Political Action Committee. 

He is a member of Kappa Psi, Rho Chi, and Delta Upsilon Alumni Association, an organization in which he served as president.  Mr. Carnaghi served in the United States Army, being discharged in 1947 as a second lieutenant. 

Mr. Carnaghi, who maintains an avid interest in Purdue football, was captain of Purdue’s 1949 team, playing center on offense and linebacker on defense.  He also played during the 1944, 1947, and 1948 seasons.  He is a member of the P-Men’s Club and was co captain of the Blue team for the annual Blue-Gray (all-star) Game.  Mr. Carnaghi coached Catholic Youth Organization football for 16 years and, for his participation in Catholic Youth Organization activities, received the Monsignor Albert Busald Service Award and the St. John Bosco Award.  He is an usher at St. Luke Catholic Church in Indianapolis and is a member of its Finance Committee. 

Mr. Carnaghi and his wife, Jeannine, have four children: Jill, a doctoral candidate at Indiana University; Mike, a physician’s assistant in orthopedics; mark, an underwriter for the Allstate Insurance Company; and, Jan, a territorial manager for Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics.  The Carnaghis have hosted events at St. Augustine’s Home for the Aged in addition to other community volunteer work of Mrs. Carnaghi.  The family enjoys vacationing in Michigan, and Mr. Carnaghi is a golfer and squash player.

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