Distinguished German-Americans

Every year, since 1987 the German-American Heritage Foundation of the USA® (GAHF) has recognized an American of German-speaking ancestry for outstanding leadership in achievements in business, the arts, education, science, politics and society. The Distinguished German-American of the Year™ Award is the only national honor of this kind.

Previous recipients of the DISTINGUISHED GERMAN-AMERICAN OF THE YEAR™ Award


NameYear
Mr. Robert M. Hitt, SC2017
Mr. Philip F. Anschutz, CO2016
Mr. Doug Oberhelman, IL2015
Mr. Helge H. Wehmeier, PA2014
Mr. Bern E. Deichmann †, PA2013
Chef Walter Staib, PA2012
Mr. Robert B. Zoellick, MD2011
Honorable Paul A. Volcker, NY2010
Mr. William R. Timken, Jr. (Ambassador ret.), OH2009
Mrs. Wilma L. Schmidt † (Posthumously), PA2008
Dr. Jesco von Puttkamer †, VA2008
Mrs. Margrit B. Krewson †, DC2007
Mrs. Brenda Schwarzkopf, FL2006
Dr. Günter Blobel, M.D., Ph.D., NY2005
Mr. Albert Wurz, PA2004
Mr. Walter Brand †, CA2003
Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann, OH2002
Mr. Detlef “Ted” Hierl †, NJ2001
Mr. John Patrick Schmitz, Esq., DC2000
Mr. C. John Muller †, PA1999
Prof. Dr. Otto I. Walter, Esq. †, NY1998
Mr. Gerald R. Kainz †, DC1997
Mr. Bruno Karnas, PA1996
Mr. William Hetzler, NY1995
Mrs. Doris Meissner, WI1994
Dr. George J. Beichl †, PA1993
Mr. Heinz C. Prechter †, MI1992
Mr. Albrecht Maier, NJ1991
Mr. Eric Braeden, CA1990
Mr. Werner Fricker †, PA1989
The Honorable Ruth E. Denk, NY1988
Mr. Karl Ehmer †, NY1987