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Honorary Citizens

Dr. Dr. h.c. Adolf Bauer, Altbügermeister der Stadt Würzburg (2021)

Even during his active time at the Catholic University Community in Würzburg, the doctor of social sciences and economics was involved in working groups for people with disabilities, for foreign students, for student housing and for student childcare. His entire life was and is characterized by a high degree of social commitment, through the supervision and establishment of numerous foundations, including the Dr. Adolf and Doris Bauer Foundation, founded in 2018, in the function as a city council member, honorary 2nd mayor and shortly thereafter acting mayor of the city of Würzburg, and also as a member of numerous clubs and associations, often in a leading position, as well as in a variety of local and supra-local committees, he drove a wide variety of projects in the social, cultural and scientific fields. He has special ties to JMU, and was actively involved in the campus expansion at Hubland Nord, the twinning of Salamanca and Caen, the expansion of the hospital and family-friendliness, and was a major advocate for foreign students, technology transfer and the construction of Haus Shalom Europa.

Marion Schäfer-Blake, Altbürgermeisterin der Stadt Würzburg (2021)

As chairwoman of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft sozialdemokratischer Frauen (AsF) in the Würzburg subdistrict, member of the Würzburg district council and city council for the SPD, deputy chairwoman of the SPD parliamentary group, 3 mayor and member of numerous commissions, committees and associations, she campaigned over many years with great commitment and personal interest for teacher training as well as for diversity and inclusion and championed the interests of the Alma Julia in the city council. In particular, after the American forces announced their withdrawal from Würzburg, she initiated and accompanied the conversion of the former Leighton Barracks, from which the Hubland-Nord university campus emerged, in a joint effort by the state government, members of the regional parliament, the government of Lower Franconia, the city and building authorities.

Generaloberin Schwester M. Monika Edinger CSR, Kongregation der Schwestern des Erlösers (2021)

After completing her master's degree in education and theology at the JMU, Sr. Monika founded and directed the "Geistliche Jugend- und Familienbegegnung Wirbelwind" (Spiritual Youth and Family Encounter "Whirlwind") in Bad Kissingen starting in 2000 and took on the task of deanery family chaplain in the deanery of Bad Kissingen. A special focus of her work in the meeting facility, which moved to Steinbachtal in Würzburg in 2011, was, in addition to pastoral and educational outreach to youth and families, the establishment of a wide-ranging program to promote spiritual life and personal faith experience. Her work as superior general has included a special focus on expanding international outreach, transitioning to renewable energy and environmentally conscious strategies in congregational facilities, and special care for vulnerable refugees. In merging the chairs and facilities of the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the University of Würzburg, Monika Edinger served as a driving force.

Prof. Dr. Phuoc Tran-Gia (2020)

For 33 years, Prof. Phuoc Tran-Gia worked at the University of Würzburg as chair of the Department of Computer Science III and lecturer. As Vice President of JMU from 2015 to 2018, he contributed to internationalization, information technology and public relations with great commitment. He is also a co-founder of several international companies and a recipient of the Fred W. Ellersich Prize from the IEEE Communications Society, the Arne Jensen Lifetime Award from the ITC, and the Robert Piloty Prize from the University of Darmstadt. His awards honor his many years of work and impact in information technology.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Riedel

After completing his studies at JMU, Prof. Dr. Riedel served as founding dean of the Faculty of Humanities from 2007, which owes its realignment to him to a large extent. As a member of the university management and full-time and then honorary vice-president, he was strongly committed to the elaboration of the Bologna reform and the teacher training program at the University of Würburg, which was changed in the course of this. He is also a visiting professor in Sarajevo and, since 2019, senior professor of Modern German Literature and the History of Ideas at JMU.

Prof. Erich Oetheimer (2018)

Shaped by his American war captivity he fought for peace and understanding among nations all of his life. In more than three decades as a professor of German language and literature, history and philosophy at the University of Caen, he laid the foundation for the German-French exchange until the signing of the town twinning in 1962, as well as the partnership agreement between the universities in 1977. For his strong commitment he was honored with i.a. the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the silver “Bene Merenti” medal.

Jean Marc Ayrault (2013)

Former Prime Minister of France. Jean-Marc Ayrault studied German Language and Literature at Nantes University and was an exchange student at the University of Würzburg in the autumn term of 1969/70. During his visit to Würzburg in April 2013, he was awarded honorary citizenship in recognition of his merits to the German language and his close ties to the University of Würzburg. 

Prof. Dr. Jochen Fricke (2012)

Prof. Jochen Fricke has been a Professor of Physics at the University of Würzburg since 1975. From 1992 to 2005, he took on additional responsibility as Founding Spokesman, Chairman of the Board and Head of the Center for Applied Energy Research Würzburg (ZAE Bayern). In permanent cooperation with the Institute of Physics since 1993, the Center can look back on a series of successes including the development of high-performance vaccuum insulation panels and the installation of a desalination plant in Oman.   

Otto G. Schäfer (2011)

Member of the Universitätsbund since the early 1980s, and an active member of Würzburg’s Alumni Lawyers since 2007. Otto G. Schäfer awards the Wolfgang Kuhlen-Prize to the best graduates of the First State Examination in Law. The bestowal of this prize, which comes with €3,000 in funding, has been a permanent part of the exam celebrations of the Faculty of Law for years.

Prof. Dr. Sabina Wullstein (2003)

She started to work at the University of Würzburg as a physician in 1964. From 1984 onwards, she was Professor of Ear, Nose, and Throat Medicine. Together with her husband, Professor Horst L. Wullstein, she supported the University in the purchase of the Hubland property. She was also involved in the conceptual development of the Head Clinic. After her husband had passed away, she ran his private clinic at Oberer Neubergweg, then deeded it to the University in 1991. Today, the Institute of the History of Medicine is located on the premises.

Dr. Jost Lemmerich (1995)

For the design and implementation of the exhibition commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of the X-rays (1995). Lemmerich, born 1929 in Berlin, studied physics at the Technische Universität Berlin from 1956 to 1962. Later, he worked for various industrial companies and at the German and the European Patent Office in Berlin. The Technical University of his hometown awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1996. At the University of Würzburg, he organised an exposition on the work of the 13 Würzburg Nobel Laureates.

Dr. Walter Brod (1992)

Physician, long-term unsalaried head of the Institute of University and Student History and the History of Science, patron with close ties to the University. He endowed the university library with his unique collection of views of the City of Würzburg on permanent loan and provided the Institute of History and the Institute of the History of Medicine with literature. The Martin von Wagner Museum was bestowed by Dr. Brod with graphic folios, two Flemish panel paintings and other valuable items on permanent loan.

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Dr.-Ing. Hans-Bernhard Bolza-Schünemann (1990), worked towards a particularly close relationship between business companies and the natural sciences departments of the University and was involved with the Universitätsbund. From 1971 to 1985, Bolza-Schünemann was Chairman of the Board of Koenig & Bauer AG at Würzburg, the world's oldest manufacturer of printing machinery. In addition, he was President of the Würzburg-Schweinfurt Chamber of Industry and Commerce from 1983 to 1986, as well as Deputy Chairman of the Universitätsbund.

Dipl.-Ing. Karl Diller (1990), Abteilungsdirektor (ret.), former Director of the University Planning and Building Office Würzburg.

Rosemarie Preh (1990), Member of the Associative Council of the Universitätsbund Würzburg.

David Schuster (1990), Senator (ret.), Head of the Jewish Religious Community Würzburg.

Dr. Franz Vogt (1990), President of the Government of Lower Franconia.

Michael Klett (1989), publisher.

Dr. phil. h. c., Dipl.-Ing. Herbert Brause (1987)

Dr. Werner Rötter (1986), in his capacity as Chairman of the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung (Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians), District of Lower Franconia, he was strongly committed to the concerns of the Faculty of Medicine and promoted the equipment of Luitpold Hospital with the technology necessary for a teaching institution. In 1984, he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz I. Klasse, a German Order of Merit.

Freiherr Richard von Swaine (1986), Member of the Associative Council of the Universitätsbund Würzburg.

Dipl.-Ing. Werner Dieter (1985), CEO of Mannesmann AG, Düsseldorf (1985-1994)

Dr. Gerhard Goldberg (1985), usiness awyer, Hamburg.

Dr. Klaus Zeitler (1984), Mayor of the City of Würzburg from 1968 to 1990. In this capacity, he was strongly committed to the concerns of the University. Zeitler had been a member of the Social Democrat Party (SPD) since 1950, but changed over to the right-wing Republican Party after internal controversies in the SPD faction. For this reason, the Students' Convent demanded in 1997 that the University's Board of Government divest Klaus Zeitler of his honorary citizenship. The University rejected the motion, as it did not deem it justified by "the mere membership in a political party not declared unconstitutional by the Federal Constitutional Court."

Dr. Ernst Rietschel (1983), Company Doctor (ret.) of SKF Kugellagerfabriken GmbH, for his endeavours on behalf of the University as Secretary of the Schweinfurt subsidiary of the Universitätsbund.

Dipl.-Ing. Georg Schäfer jun. (1983), for his merits in his capacity as Chairman of the Schweinfurt subsidiary of the Universitätsbund. In 1991, he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz I. Klasse, a German Order of Merit.

Dr. Franz Gerstner (1982), Managing Director of the Studentenwerk from 1951 to 1971, President of the District Diet of Lower Franconia from 1970 to 1984, honoured for his service to the University and the sciences in Lower Franconia.

Arnold Heimberger (1978), Ltd. Regierungsdirektor (ret.), former Legal Adviser to the University of Würzburg.

Philipp Meyer (1978), President of the Government of Lower Franconia. 

Fürst Albrecht zu Castell-Castell (1977)

Ernst König (1977), Kaufmann (ret.), Würzburg.

Dr. Maria Santifaller-Sellschopp (1974), art historian, Dortmund-Brünninghausen.

Kilian Schmitt (1971), Kaufmann, New York.

Eberhard Ott (1971), co-proprietor of Friedrich Carl Ott & Co., Würzburg.

Dr. Franz Lippert MdL (1970), Staatssekretär (ret.), Landshut.

Dr.-Ing. habil., Dr.-Ing. E. h. Hans Diergarten (1968)

Dr. iur.. et rer. pol. Rudolf Maron (1967)

Erwin Gentz (1967), Ministerialrat (ret.), Bad Godesberg.

Franz Göpfert (1958), Oberregierungsrat (ret.), Würzburg.

Otto Hertwig (1956), Regierungsbaudirektor (ret.), Munich-Solln.

Josef Markowski (1955), Bauamtsdirektor, Würzburg.

Dr. Kurt Rauhut (1955), Having fled from Silesia, he set up legal practice in 1948 and started representing the University as a lawyer. In this capacity, he "did an extraordinarily good job but would never accept payment since he considered it an honour to be allowed to work for the University." In recognition, he was granted honorary citizenship.

Dr. iur. utr., Dr. phil., Dr.  theol. h.c. Peter Joseph Jörg (1955), Landrat (ret.), Würzburg.

Oskar Günthert (1952), bank director (ret.), Würzburg.

Karl Richter (1933), printing house proprietor, Würzburg.

Karl Wolz (1932), Regierungsdirektor (ret.), Geheimer Rat (privy counsellor), Würzburg.

Ignaz Holzwarth (1932), Regierungsdirektor, Würzburg.

Prof. Dr. Ferdinand von Lindemann (1932), Geheimer Rat (privy counsellor), Munich.

Otto Fitz (1932), Consul, Würzburg.

Otto Richter (1930), Geheimer Kommerzienrat (privy commercial counsellor), Würzburg.

Dr. Michael Bayersdörfer (1930), Geheimer Sanitätsrat (privy counsellor of health), Neustadt a. Hdt.

Wilhelm Feineis (1930), Director of the Reichspostzentralamt research centre for telegraphy, telephony and radio electronics Munich.

Franz Hartmann (1930), editor in chief (ret.), Neustadt a. Hdt.

Friedrich Mahla (1930), Geheimer Hofrat (privy court counsellor), Mayor (ret.), Landau.

Dr. phil. h.c. Kurt Elschner (1929), Geheimer Kommerzienrat (privy commercial counsellor), Berchtesgaden.

Dr. Hermann Zimmer (1929), Kommerzienrat (commercial counsellor), Waldershof.

Franz Klein (1929), Director of the Studentenhilfe Association, Würzburg.

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Denig (1928)

Dr. med. h.c. Hans Löffler (1927), Mayor, Würzburg.

Honorary Citizens (formerly Honorary Members) pre-1927:

Prof. Max Meyerolbersleben, Hofrat (court counsellor), Director (ret.) of the Staatskonservatorium der Musik (Bavarian State Conservatory of Music), Würzburg.

Dr. phil. h.c., Dr. iur. et Dr. med. Erwein, Graf von Schönborn-Wiesentheid

Dr. iur. h.c. Julius Ritter von Henle, President of the Government of Lower Franconia, Würzburg.

Dr. phil. h.c. Max Kahle, Geheimer Kommerzienrat (privy commercial counsellor), Director of Portland-Zementfabrik Karlstadt, Würzburg.

Dr. Karl Monclair Maisel

Dr. phil. h.c. Moritz Kreymann, Director, Chemnitz.

Gunnar Sivén, dentist, Helsingfors.

Herbert Schlubach, Großkaufmann, Hamburg.

Dr. med. h.c. Roderich Schlubach, Großkaufmann, Hamburg.

August Meuschel, Kommerzienrat (commercial counsellor) and Director of Bayerische Hypotheken- und Wechselbank (Bavarian Mortgage and Bill Bank), Würzburg.

Dr. phil. et Ing. h.c. Hugo Eckener, Chairman of the Board of Associates of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH, Friedrichshafen.

Georg Völk, Kommerzienrat (commercial counsellor), Würzburg.

August Wildhagen, Geheimer Kommerzienrat (privy commercial counsellor), Kitzingen.

Hermann Wildhagen, Geheimer Kommerzienrat (privy commercial counsellor), Kitzingen.