Walter Scheel

Walter Scheel
Born: July 8, 1919
in Solingen
Walter Scheel (German: [ˈvaltɐ ˈʃeːl] (listen); 8 July 1919 – 24 August 2016) was a German statesman. A member of the Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP), he first served in government as the minister of Economic Cooperation and Development from 1961 to 1966 and later as President of Germany from 1974 to 1979. He led the FDP from 1968 to 1974.During the chancellorship of Willy Brandt, Scheel was minister of Foreign Affairs and the vice chancellor. Scheel became acting chancellor of West Germany from 7–16 May 1974 following Brandt's resignation after the Guillaume Affair. He was elected shortly after as the president of West Germany, remaining in the role until 1979. Scheel was a member of the Evangelical Church in Germany.
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  • 2009
    Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia
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  • 2000
    Reinhold Maier Medal
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  • 1979
    honorary citizen of Düsseldorf
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  • 1978
    Grand Collar of the Military Order of Saint James of the Sword
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  • 1977
    Charlemagne Prize
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    Collar of the Order of Isabella the Catholic
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  • 1974
    Orden wider den tierischen Ernst
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    Grand Cross Special Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
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  • 1973
    Grand Cross 1st class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
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  • 1971
    Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic
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    Theodor Heuss Award
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  • 1969
    Tie Man of the Year
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