Dr. Ken Faust, Hall of Fame wrestler for Lehigh, passes

Pennsylvania state wrestling champ. Four-time EIWA conference championships medalist for Lehigh. Groundbreaking eye surgeon. National Wrestling Hall of Fame honoree.

All of these accomplishments describe Kenneth Joseph Faust, MD, who achieved much in his 85 years before passing away Oct. 31 in Florida.

Ken Faust lifting weights at Lehigh
Born in Shamokin, Pa. in 1933, Faust wrestled at Shamokin High School, where he was a two-time Pennsylvania state wrestling champ, and a Middle Atlantic States AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) champion. After graduating from Shamokin in 1951, Faust enrolled at Lehigh University, where he was captain of the Lehigh varsity wrestling team. He was a four-time placer at the EIWA (Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association) conference championships at 130 and 137 pounds.

Upon graduating from Lehigh with honors in 1955, Faust earned his doctorate degree at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1959, then served in the U.S. Navy. It was at this time Faust decided to focus on the eye, becoming a renowned ophthalmologist who did pioneering work in the treatment of cataracts.

Faust was inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997, and welcomed into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as Outstanding American in 1999.

A memorial service for Faust will be held at noon Thursday, Nov. 15 at St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg, Fla. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions made in Dr. Faust's memory to either St. James Episcopal Church or the Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be left at


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