Donald D. Thureau
Personal & Mission Statement
Born in Berlin, I worked in the international chemical industry for 45+ years. I joined the Board in 2018, was elected 1 st VP shortly thereafter and became President 2020-2023. If re-elected as Director, I envision being part of a strong core of Directors in the Washington, DC area helping prepare for the Foundation’s 50th anniversary in 2026-2027 as GAHF continues to grow as a national organization serving German-American interests.
I am no stranger to immigration. Born in Berlin, I was raised in Havana for over 10 years, and graduated from the Univ. of South Florida in 1969, the same year that I married and joined the DuPont Company for 26+ years which included a two-year assignment in Barcelona and a total of 16 years in its international operations.
I retired in 2013 from a private chemical distribution company and have been the Delaware Saengerbund’s Culture Committee chair since 2018. My wife, Lani, of 54 years was a speech pathologist for over 25 years, and we have a married adopted daughter, Christina, who is an RN.
Having joined GAHF in 2018, I was elected 1 st VP shortly thereafter, and became its President from 2020-2023. I will hopefully be re-elected as Director in order to help prepare for the foundation’s 50th anniversary in 2026/2027. I envision a strong core of board members headquartered in the Washington, DC area as it continues to grow as a national organization serving German-American interests throughout the USA and the EU.