«Österreichisch-Amerikanische Gesellschaft Boston»
Founded in Boston in 1944 and incorporated in 1970, the non-profit Austro-American
Association was established to further the interest in Austria and Austrian culture and promote Austrian-American
friendship. Austrian and American members participate in a wide variety of social and cultural
In recent years, events such as lectures, concerts, holiday celebrations,
boat cruises, Stammtische1 and Heurige were frequently accompanied by fine Austrian cuisine.
A Scholarship Fund provides grants to scholars and artists in support of projects related to
1Table reserved for regulars; A monthly A-AA gathering with German conversation
News & Announcements
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Karl Heinz Muehlmann
(1932 - 2020)
|Karl Heinz Muehlmann, 81, of Waltham, passed away at his summer home in Wareham on Wednesday June 17, 2020.|
During his career, Dr. Heinz Muehlmann was an economic advisor to Massachusetts Governors Frank Sargent, Ed King, Bill Weld, and Paul Cellucci. In addition, he was the Chief Economist for Jobs for Massachusetts, Inc., and Associated Industries of Massachusetts.
Early in his career, while teaching Economics at Bentley University, Heinz consulted for the Department of Commerce and Development. With assistance from Robert Kenney and Rena Kottcamp, Heinz prepared an analysis of the Massachusetts economy, which became known as “The Muehlmann Report on Economic Strategy.”
Heinz’ signature public accomplishment was creating the economics behind Massachusetts Proposition 2½, which limits property tax assessments and automobile excise tax levies. The late Barbara Anderson, Executive Director of Citizens for Limited Taxation, shepherded Proposition 2½ to a ballot victory. They became life-long friends. Barbara referred to Heinz as her “favorite local Austrian-born economist” tutor, who supported small government, protection of private property, and individualism in general.
Economics was Heinz’ second career. When he arrived in the U.S., he brought with him a nurtured childhood from his home town Zell am See, a solid education from Salzburg, a degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, and a growth mindset and self-discipline. Heinz was also a state-certified ski instructor, who had perfected his signature “Follow me” pedagogy. For his students, this was easier said than done, because Heinz negotiated any triple black diamond slope gracefully in blue jeans, his favorite ski pants.
Heinz’ first role in the U.S. was to coach the Northern Michigan University ski team, where he also earned a Master of Arts from the School of Graduate Studies, learned about the regional economy as well as Midwestern values and life. Heinz continued teaching skiing professionally in New England, in the Sugarloaf and Stratton mountain resorts. He abandoned his professional ski instructor career at age 33 and turned to what Richard Cunningham called “an economic mountain top called Jobs.”
Besides skiing, Heinz was a lifelong competitive athlete, who enjoyed playing tennis, sailing, fishing (especially striped bass and bluefish), and lobstering. He liked flying gliders in the Alps in earlier years. Heinz also became an ice hockey referee, which led to a role at the 1964 Olympic Games in Innsbruck. His trophies included the first place in the Vienna Academic Championship slalom competition, mixed doubles at Sippican Tennis Club and Mount Auburn Club, arguably with the help of his infamous drop shot, as well as Senior races at Bourne Cove Yacht Club.
Heinz’ favorite role was, however, being the father of his three children Sonja, Martha, and Carl. A family man, he loved teaching them sports, taking them out water skiing and fishing on Buzzards Bay, going on ski trips and vacations with them, and passing on to them what he knew. One of Carl’s favorite memories is a day, which they started in Wareham catching lobsters in Buzzard’s Bay before driving to Killington, Vermont, for a day of skiing, and returning to Wareham in the evening. In recent years, Heinz awaited his grandchildren with his boat and fishing rods ready for adventure when they visited Wareham in the summer.
Heinz welcomed opportunities to be creative, whether as an economist or in the kitchen, initially cooking and baking for his family, and later also for friends. A signature three-course meal would start with his Manhattan Clam Chowder, followed by a main course of Wiener Schnitzel from turkey tenderloins with parsley fingerling potatoes and cranberry sauce. Heinz’ popular Linzer Torte made from scratch with walnuts and red currant jelly, often prepared on Sunday afternoons during football season, would be served for dessert. His last invention was the Linzer Cupcake, a small Linzer Torte designed to serve one person.
A son of the late Hermann and Martha (Vorderegger) Muehlmann, Heinz will be missed greatly by many. He is survived by Brigitte Wudernitz Muehlmann, his second wife and soul mate, whom he met in Boston after his first marriage had ended in divorce, his children Sonja Fay Muehlmann and her husband Philip Chu of Monrovia, CA, Martha Muehlmann of Mautern, Austria, and Carl Eliot Muehlmann and his wife Amalia Daskalakis of New York, NY, his grandchildren Amelia Mary Chu, Collis Eliot Chu, Maya Juliana Muehlmann and Livio Nikola Muehlmann, brothers Hermann and Hansjoerg Muehlmann, loving nieces and nephews, cousins, and loyal friends near and far.
Heinz was able to spend his final days at home and die in his wife’s arms as he had wished, thanks to the compassionate and open-minded continuous care provided by Community Nurse Home Care of Fairhaven. Gifts to the agency in Heinz’ memory would be appreciated. URL: https://www.communitynurse.com/donate/
Funeral services in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, and in Zell am See, Austria, will be private. A celebration of Heinz’ life will be held at Sippican Tennis Club at a later date to be announced. Heinz’ memoir “Slalom Racer” is in progress. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.warehamvillagefuneralhome.com.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Ortrud Ingeborg Koob
(1932 - 2020)
|Ortrud Koob was born in Altlandsberg, Germany on February 18, 1932. She and her husband, Hermann, were married in 1954 and came to the USA in 1957, living in Needham. In 1979, they moved to Weston. Together they enjoyed walking, gardening, cross-country skiing, and vacationing to Vermont, Canada, Austria, and Germany. After Hermann passed away in 1988, Ortrud continued with most of these activities including annual trips to Europe. Ortrud initially worked as a bookkeeper at several local companies including American Cyanamid and Xerox. She later earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Bentley University in 1984 and continued to work in the accounting field. After retiring from full-time work, Ortrud transitioned into billing for small medical practices. She continued working with several long-time clients until recently. Ortrud was a longtime and active Life Member of the Austro-American Association. She participated in many of their events and enjoyed meeting her friends there, making her a Wahlösterreicherin. Ortrud would always bring delcious cakes and they disappeared quickly.was also a member of SOLO (Sudbury Opera Lovers Organization) that met once a month and also brought her home made desserts to these events where they were thoroughly enjoyed. In addition, Ortrud attended many other opera lectures that were given in the Boston area and was very enthusiastic about continuing to learn about one of her favorite topics. Ortrud was also part of a small group of congenial and close friends who attended concerts together and went to dinner afterwards. Occasionally they met in Cambridge for luncheon. These get-togethers were very much enjoyed by all, so much so that they tended to last all afternoon. Ortrud’s family and friends are heartbroken and devastated by her sudden passing on June 6th. She was a very Independent, resourceful, positive, and vibrant person and a dear friend to all who knew her. Her godchild, Ellen, loved to have her at their family gathering and Holidays and enjoyed wonderful times together. Ortrud was a treasure in her lifetime and will continue to be in our memories, and is survived by many relatives in Germany as well as two cousins and her godchild in New England.|
Thursday, March 19, 2020
More Events Cancelled!
|Dear Members and Friends,|
These are very difficult times and we hope that all of you are taking very good care of yourselves and your family. Try to obey all the recommended precautions and keep your hands and everything else clean. It is our new way of life.
Therefore, we regretfully cancel the Concert with Rebecca Thornblade and her friends on April 25th.
We hope we can reschedule this great event in the fall.
For the same reason we also must cancel the event with our scholarship recipient Maxfield Fulton, which was scheduled on May 24 at the BSV. We let you know when this interesting event is rescheduled.
Please be extremely careful and stay healthy.
Hope we can see each other soon.
Traude and David
Thursday, March 12, 2020
3/28 Stammtisch Cancelled!
|Dear Members and Friends,|
Regarding the latest news about the Coronavirus, we are cancelling the Stammtisch on March 28.
We are very sorry to miss all of you, but we hope that you will take care of yourselves and the people around you.
This is a difficult time, but we have to make changes in our lifestyle for now.
With our best wishes to all of you,
Traude and David
Sunday, February 02, 2020
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Louise Hauser!
The Austro-American Association of Boston wishes to extend a very Happy Birthday to Louise Hauser on her 99th Birthday on Feb 3, 2020.
Happy Birthday, Louise Hauser!
Louise grew up in Newton, MA and was very active in the town of Newton affairs and related fund-raising for many years. She likes going to movies, the symphony, played tennis for many years, and loves lobster rolls! is a long time member of the A-AA and is a significant contributor to the A-AA Scholarship Award Program that enables us to offer financial help to students in advancing their future careers. We are also grateful for the work and effort of her late husband, George, who was Chairman of the Scholarship Program for over 15 years.
The A-AA highly admires Louise as a member and friend, and we will continue to look forward to seeing her at our events for many years!
Louise, we wish you a wonderful special day!With love, the A-AA!
Friday, October 19, 2018
Angelika Amon wins 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
|Angelika Amon is the first Austrian scientist to win the prestigious Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. The $3 million price is sponsored by Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Ma Huateng, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki. Amon, a resident of Andover, MA and a graduate of the University of Vienna, moved to the US from Austria in 1994 with her husband Johannes. She is Kathleen and Curtis Marble Professor of Cancer Research and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at MIT. The prize recognizes her research of the basic causes of cancer. We congratulate!|
Saturday, January 20, 2018
The Austro-American Association of Boston Scholarship Program
|The Austro-American Asociation offers a scholarship award to qualified canditates whose studies are focued on Austrian culture. We are pleased to be able to grant an award of $3,000. The selected recipient will make a presentation regarding an Austrian subject connected to their field of studies.|
In the past, we have had wonderful, talented recipients who have gained international recognition in the advancement of their careers. We look forward to helping other young students working on Austrian cultural subjects and to the benefit they gain from their association with Austria's rich cultural heritage.
For more information regarding our scholarship award program, please visit the scholarship page on our website.
Sunday, January 01, 2017
Austro-American Association President, Traude Schieber-Acker, receives Das Silberne Ehrenzeichen from Austria (The silver Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria)
On the occasion of the Austrian National Holiday (Staatsfeiertag) A-AA event celebration on October 22, 2016, our Consul General, Ambassador Dr. Georg Heindl made a special announcement to present Traude Schieber-Acker with "Das Silberne Ehrenzeichen für Verdienste um die Republik Österreich" (The silver Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria). He remarked that Traude has made countless significant contributions in support of Austria, as President of the A-AA, regarding multiple facets of Austrian culture, political situations and other key events to her members over the past 16 years as President.Traude was deeply honored to receive this special award from Austria and noted it was a distinct privilege to have the Consul General present it in person. She remarked that the award is very dear to her, and especially thanked Dr. Heindl for nominating her to the Austrian Government. While the award was given to her, she acknowledged and thanked the A-AA Board and all members and friends of the A-AA, who have supported her work for Austria through this organization over many years.
Consul General Ambassador Dr. Heindl with Traude Schieber-Acker, President of the A-AA
Saturday, June 21, 2014
The Austro-American Association of Boston celebrates its 70th Anniversary
|The 70th jubilee was celebrated on June 21 at MIT Endicott House in Dedham, Mass. The Association was founded in 1944 with a main purpose to help Austrian immigrants to settle here in the Boston area. The A-AA, through its 70 years existence, has continued to provide cultural and social events for its many members and friends, and sponsors scholarship research programs on Austrian related projects.|
The festivities started with cocktails on the magnificent terrace with its historic park in the MIT complex. Guests of honor included the Austrian Consul General, Ambassador Dr. Georg Heindl with his family, Mrs. Juliana Belcsak, National Chair of the Austrian-American Councils, and Mr. Roland Pirker, president of the Austrian Canadian Council with his wife, Burgie. Musical delights were interpreted by Josef Porteleki and Dr. Emilian Badea and during dinner with a string quartet playing a beautiful selection of classical pieces. With 15 years in office, Mrs. Acker is the longest-serving president in the history of the association. The A-AA is also one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the USA.