The University of Würzburg's Bene Merenti Medal

Recipients of the "Bene Merenti" Medal

The "Bene Merenti" medal of honor, as shown here in its golden variant, is awarded for special services to the University of Würzburg. (Year of award indicated in parentheses)

"Bene Merenti" in Gold

Andreas Möckel. Foto: Gunnar Bartsch
Andreas Möckel

Andreas Möckel (2011)

Chair of the Department of Special Education from 1976 to 1992, with a special interest in teaching children with learning difficulties. As its first incumbent, he realized pioneering achievements: he established this subject, which had yet to enjoy any kind of university tradition in Germany, and profiled it in the university’s teaching and training curricula. Owing to his dedication, Special Education became firmly rooted in Würzburg alongside conventional teacher training. Thanks to Möckel, Special Education in Würzburg achieved nationwide visibility and impact.

Karlheinz Müller. Foto: Gunnar Bartsch
Karlheinz Müller

Karlheinz Müller (2011)

Chair of the Department of Bible Studies and Auxiliary Biblical Sciences at the Faculty of Catholic Theology from 1972 to 2004. Müller is regarded as one of the most renowned experts in Early Jewish Apocalypticism. During his time at the university he was responsible for the academic publication on the so-called “Judensteine aus der Pleich” – with more than 1500 artifacts, this is the world’s largest collection of gravestones and gravestone fragments from a Jewish cemetery dating back to the Middle Ages. Another highlight of Müller’s tenure was the Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Dialog.

Karin Ulrichs. Foto: Gunnar Bartsch
Karin Ulrichs

Karin Ulrichs (2011)

Professor of Experimental Transplantation Immunology at the Department of Surgery I from 1994 to 2010. Karin Ulrichs was also particularly dedicated to the advancement of women, working as the Women’s Representative for the Faculty of Medicine. She was determined to help female academics to achieve a balance between their family life and their work and to enjoy equal opportunities, especially in advancing their careers. To this end, she enthusiastically took on additional duties, which included participating in the university’s mentoring programs.

Klaus Wilms. Foto: Robert Emmerich
Klaus Wilms

Klaus Wilms (2011)

Director of the Polyclinic for Medicine from 1982 to 2004. Wilms was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and spent six years on the Science Council. Between 1991 and 1994 he helped to set up the Faculty of Medicine at Dresden University of Technology as a member of the Founding Committee. He received the Faculty of Medicine’s Albert-Kölliker Teaching Award in 2004, and the Bavarian Order of Merit in 2005. In 2008, Wilms was the Founding Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center in Mainfranken, a combined cancer treatment and research facility.

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Norbert Richard Wolf. Foto: Robert Emmerich
Norbert Richard Wolf

Norbert Richard Wolf (2010)

Head of the Department of German Linguistics from 1976 until his retirement in 2008. He transformed the university into a center for modern dialectology. He is also to thank for the development of the postgraduate course in “Linguistic Information and Word Processing” as well as the postgraduate course in “IT Philology”, which emerged from this in 2001. For ten years he ran the “General Studies” program, from 1982 to 1984 he was the spokesman of the DFG research group “Prose from the Middle Ages in Germany”, and then until 1992 he acted as spokesman of the DFG Collaborative Research Center “Knowledge-Organizing and Knowledge-Communicating Literature in the Middle Ages”.

Raimund Külb. Foto: Robert Emmerich
Raimund Külb

Raimund Külb (2009)

From 1995 to 2007, the University's Clinical Center and the Medical Faculty counted among his responsibilities at the Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts. His term of office saw the construction and establishment of the Centers for Operative and Internal Medicine, and he was also instrumental in developing the concept of the Medical Campus in Würzburg's Grombühl district. He was an essential contributor to the success of Medicine and the Life Sciences at Würzburg.

Werner Schiedermair. Foto: Robert Emmerich
Werner Schiedermair

Werner Schiedermair (2009)

From 1996 to 2007, Professor Werner Schiedermair headed the Support Department for the University of Wuerzburg (excluding the Medical Faculty) and the Department of Endowment Management at the Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, his efforts on behalf of the University always driven by inexhaustible energy and professional expertise.

Bruno Forster. Foto: Gunnar Bartsch
Bruno Forster

Bruno Forster (2007)

Chancellor of the University from 1992 to 2006, for services including his efforts to modernize the University's administrative organization. Deeply committed to the restoration of the Old University and Neubaukirche, the University Church, where he had a carillon installed upon completion of the restoration works, he also turned the university-owned forest of Forst Sailershausen into a modern and commercially profitable concern. For the installation of the carillon and the restoration of the Audimax, the main lecturing hall at Sanderring, he launched fundraising campaigns that made it possible to realize these projects.

Volker ter Meulen (2006), Professor of Clinical Virology and Immunobiology from 1975 to 2002, for his commitment to implementing cross-faculty concepts of research and teaching.

Ursula Brechtken-Manderscheid (2005), Professor of Mathematics since 1985, former Women's Representative, Vice President of the University from 2000 to 2003.

Jobst Böning (2005), Professor of Psychiatry from 1980 to 2005, Vice President of the University from 1994 to 2003.

Hans Zimmermann (1980), Undersecretary (retired), for his service as long-term liaison of the University at the then Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture.

Wolfgang Freericks (2005), Professor of Economics and Corporate Taxation from 1976 to 2006, Vice President of the University from 1995 to 2003.

Gottfried Landwehr (2003), Professor of Experimental Physics from 1968 to 1997. Due to his inspiration and initiative, the University established its internationally renowned Center for Semiconductor Physics.

Horst Hagedorn (2003), Professor of Geography from 1971 to 2001, Vice President of the University from 1994 to 2000.

Lydia Wießler (2001), Member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Redeemer, previously active at the Medical Policlinic, for her commitment to nursing.

Gerasina Ruppert (2001), Member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Redeemer, previously active at the Medical Policlinic, for her commitment to nursing.

Wolfgang Schliffer (2000), Director of the University's Computer Center from 1974 to 2001, for building an exemplary data processing and network structure.

Alfred Przbylski (1995), Vice President of the University from 1982 to 1991.

Horst Kremling (1995), Professor for Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1978 to 1985, Vice President of the University from 1976 to 1982.

Martin Lindauer (1995), Professor of Zoology (Animal Physiology), Vice President of the University from 1976 to 1982, for his work in the University's self-government and for organizing the "Studium Generale" lecture series. His scientific achievements make him one of the founding fathers of modern Sociobiology.

Werner Uhlmann (1990), Professor of Statistics from 1965 to 1996, Rector of the University from 1969 to 1971.

Dieter Schäfer (1987), Honorary Professor of Economic Geography since 1977, CEO of the Würzburg-Schweinfurt Chamber of Industry and Commerce from 1965 to 1993, for his service to the University as member of the Associative Board of the University Union.

"Bene Merenti" in Silver

Giuseppe Zuccalà. Photo: Robert Emmerich
Giuseppe Zuccalà

Giuseppe Zuccalà (2010)

For his dedication to the partnership between the universities of Padua and Würzburg as well as for German-Italian friendship. Giuseppe Zuccalà, born in 1925, lectured at the University of Padua for more than thirty years as a Professor of Criminal Law. There, in 1987, he was appointed the Rector’s Representative for relations with German-speaking universities. He deserves special praise for his services to the partnership with the University of Würzburg.

Dorothea König (2010, posthumous)

Worked at the university’s Institute of Slavic Studies and Comparative Linguistics from 1972 until her death in 2009. She lectured in Serbo-Croat and Slovenian, Old Bulgarian Language and Literature as well as the Literary and Intellectual History of the Southern Slavs. She also organized guest lectures and DAAD exchange programs with Sarajevo. She initiated joint ventures with cities including Ljubljana and Belgrade. In addition to her academic work, she also spent many years on academic self-administration committees.

Werner Wegstein. Foto: Robert Emmerich
Werner Wegstein

Werner Wegstein (2009)

Due to his outstanding scholarship in the field of German Linguistics, Professor Werner Wegstein's career is marked by extraordinary academic achievements. He designed the curriculum for Würzburg's EDP Philology and provided decisive contributions to the conceptualization of the corresponding postgraduate study programs. More than this, he was strongly committed to the self-government committees of the University, the professional association of non-habilitated teaching staff, and to the support of guest students from abroad.

Reinhilde Merkert. Foto: Robert Emmerich
Reinhilde Merkert

Reinhilde Merkert (2007)

Chemical Laboratory Assistant at the Institute of Molecular Infection Biology. For her services towards establishing an electron microscopy department, together with the professors of the Chair of Zoology I. In addition, she has been working at the Institute as a network administrator since 1998 and is a co-organizer of conferences in the fields of Infection Research and Molecular Medicine. Her most valuable services to the University derive from her capacity as Building Commissioner: She supported the restoration of the structure at Röntgenring 11. By now, she has begun working on the implementation of the plans to restore the Old Surgery building, which is intended to house the Rudolf Virchow Center and the Center for Infection Research later on.

Gerhard Egert (2005), former Chief Academic Director of the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy, for his extraordinary efforts as Managing Director of the Faculty. He started to establish the Faculty's organizational structures in the 1970s and then went on to develop them into an exemplary instrument of academic self-government.

Erich Oetheimer (2001), Professeur d'Allemand, University of Caen, France, for his efforts on behalf of the university partnership between Caen and Würzburg, and the Franco-German friendship in general.

Peter Sedlacek (2000), Director of the Dean's Office of the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Umea, Sweden, for his contributions to the Würzburg-Umea partnership.Karl Theodor Vogel (1977), publisher and co-owner of Vogel Publishers. His services include the groundwork for the "Würzburg University Publications in Regional Studies."

Roland Horster (1987), former Treasurer of the University Union, for his efforts in the Society of the Friends and Patrons of the University.

Walter Brod (1982), physician, long-term honorary director of the Institute for University Studies, and a devoted patron of the University. His donations include the indefinite loan of his outstanding collection of Würzburg city views to the University Library.

Franz Märtirer (1981), precision mechanic, in recognition of his exemplary and selfless performance of his duties at the Physical Institute. Among other contributions, he developed experimental arrays for physicists and other researchers.

"Bene Merenti" in Bronze

Johann Jovanovici. Foto: Robert Emmerich
Johann Jovanovici

Johann Jovanovici (2010)

Spent 37 years in the International Office, which he also ran from 1981. He devoted a lot of his time to looking after foreign students at the university. He was very keen to make sure all parties got involved and worked together: the central administration, the immigration authorities, the student union, the student council, and the language center. He transformed the International Office into the service organization it is today for foreign guests.

Rudolf Wachter. Foto: Robert Emmerich
Rudolf Wachter

Rudolf Wachter (2009)

Rudolf Wachter was part of the University's Central Administration from 1967 to 2008, with long terms at the Examination Office, the Personnel Department, and at the Central Office (subsequently renamed the Presidential Office and now operating as the Department of Central Services). During his long career, Rudolf Wachter acquired vast stores of detailed knowledge about the University, which won him his reputation as "the living encyclopedia of the University."

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