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.

  • Chef Walter Staib
    2012
  • Bern E. Deichmann
    2013
  • Helge H. Wehmeier
    2014
  • Doug Oberhelman
    2015

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

NameYear
Mr. Karl Ehmer †, NY1987
The Honorable Ruth E. Denk, NY1988
Mr. Werner Fricker †, PA1989
Mr. Eric Braeden, CA1990
Mr. Albrecht Maier, NJ1991
Mr. Heinz C. Prechter †, MI1992
Dr. George J. Beichl †, PA1993
Mrs. Doris Meissner, WI1994
Mr. William Hetzler, NY1995
Mr. Bruno Karnas, PA1996
Mr. Gerald R. Kainz †, DC1997
Prof. Dr. Otto I. Walter, Esq. †, NY1998
Mr. C. John Muller †, PA1999
Mr. John Patrick Schmitz, Esq., DC2000
Mr. Detlef “Ted” Hierl †, NJ2001
Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann, OH2002
Mr. Walter Brand †, CA2003
Mr. Albert Wurz, PA2004
Dr. Günter Blobel, M.D., Ph.D., NY2005
Mrs. Brenda Schwarzkopf, FL2006
Mrs. Margrit B. Krewson †, DC2007
Dr. Jesco von Puttkamer †, VA2008
Mrs. Wilma L. Schmidt † (Posthumously), PA2008
Mr. William R. Timken, Jr. (Ambassador ret.), OH2009
Honorable Paul A. Volcker, NY2010
Mr. Robert B. Zoellick, MD2011
Chef Walter Staib2012
Bern E. Deichmann2013
Helge H. Wehmeier2014
Doug Oberhelman2015

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