Prof. Manfred Fuchs named honorary citizen of his home town of Latsch
Prof. Manfred Fuchs, CEO of OHB-System AG, Bremen, has been named honorary citizen of his home town of Latsch in South Tyrol, Italy. In a ceremony attended by family members, relatives, contemporaries and business and political representatives, town mayor Karl Weiss and cultural affairs officer Mauro Dalla Barba presented the seventy-year old with the certificate of honorary citizenship, the Latsch village book and a marble sculpture depicting St. Nicholas’ chapel in Latsch.
“The decision made by the town to name you one of its honorary citizens is in recognition of your great services to science, business and society,” said mayor Weiss in his address.
Fuchs was born in Latsch in 1938, where he attended the trade school and thereafter the engineering college, now the “Max Valier” trade college in Bolzano. He then went to study aircraft engineering in Munich and Hamburg. In Hamburg he also met his wife Christa. He worked as an aircraft engineer at Hamburger Flugzeugbau (HFB), now Airbus, and was transferred in 1961 to Entwicklungsring Nord (ERNO) as a representative for HFB. In 1985, he joined OHB-System as a managing shareholder and built up the company’s space technology activities together with his wife.
Fuchs is particularly proud of his honorary citizenship as he has always maintained close ties with his home town. “I have always considered myself to be a “Latscher” and am very pleased to have received this distinction,” he said in his words of thanks.