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MLL Students Inducted into
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Turner President of
SD World Language
s many of you must have
heard, our colleague,
Professor Emeritus of German
Werner Kitzler, Ph.D., passed
away Oct. 29, 2015.
Werner joined USD in
the mid seventies. During
his tenure of thirty-five years, he tirelessly
promoted German culture and German
studies across the curriculum, and in
the state of South Dakota. Generations
of teachers of German in our state and
region remember him as an energetic
and dedicated professor who shared his
updated knowledge of German culture
with enthusiasm. Students, colleagues,
and many friends on campus and in
the Vermillion community particularly
appreciated his familiarity with Bavaria.
As an excellent recruiter, he brought many
over-achieving students to our program.
His impressive record of extracurricular
activities includes the organization of
successful interim study tours to Central
Europe, the invitation of international
guest speakers to our campus, the
organization of movie nights, the initiation
of a partnership with the city of Ratingen
in the state of North Rhine –Westphalia,
as well as the contribution to the academic
exchange programs with the Universities
of Jena and Oldenburg. As a scholar, he
served as the editor of
deutschen Sprache, Literatur und Kultur
a fine interdisciplinary journal in our
field. As an expert in German-American
studies, he initiated and edited the
Deutschschreibende Autoren in Amerika
series that published fine pieces of fiction
written by German-speaking authors in
the Americas. The recognitions in honor
of Werner’s achievements included the
Federal Crosses of Merit bestowed by
the Austrian and German governments,
As a very generous man with a superb
sense of humor and unparalleled skills of
story-telling, Werner hosted many social
occasions in his home for students and
colleagues of German. Our condolences go
to his wife Janice, his daughter Susanna,
his son David, and his grandchildren. We
will remember him as a valued colleague
and scholar, a respected member of the
community, and a friend.
MLL Honors Professor
Emeritus Werner Kitzler
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