Council Commentary

Population Council Mourns Loss of Former Trustee Werner Holzer

The Population Council mourns the passing of Werner Holzer, a leading German journalist and a former Trustee of the Population Council. Holzer died after a short illness on Monday, November 14 at the age of 90.

Holzer was an internationally renowned journalist and former editor-in-chief of the Frankfurter Rundschau. During his long and distinguished career Mr. Holzer reported from the Middle East, Africa, the United States, and Vietnam. He specialized in analyzing the relationships between industrialized and developing countries and has written several books on international affairs. He was awarded the Theodor-Wolff Prize for his reports from America and received the German Journalist Prize for his Vietnam reports.

Mr. Holzer joined the Population Council Board of Trustees in 1995 and ultimately served 16 years before retiring from the Board in 2011. During his tenure he also served on the Board Executive and Nominating Committees. Mr. Holzer was an enthusiastic and dedicated Trustee, rarely missing a meeting during the many years he served on the Board. He was generous with his time and expertise, providing valuable perspectives and insights on international affairs, media relations, European funding agencies, and other issues critical to the work of the Council.

Mr. Holzer’s kindness, good humor, and easygoing nature touched many at the Population Council and he will be sorely missed.