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humanitarian agency director

Eugene Donald Ries, American, Austrian humanitarian agency director. Recipient Grand medal of honor President Austria, Vienna, 1963; Man of Year award Gettysburg College, 1991.


Ries, Eugene Donald was born on December 29, 1926 in Falls City, Nebraska, United States. Son of Lauritz Fritz and Gretchen Margaret (Muench) Ries.


Bachelor, Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) College, 1947. Doctor of Divinity, Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) College, 1974. Bachelor's Degree, Gettysburg Seminary, 1954.


Field director, Lutheran World Federation, Linz, Austria, 1949-1952; field director, Lutheran World Federation, Stuttgart, Germany, 1954-1959; country director, Lutheran World Federation, Vienna, Austria, 1959-1962; international deputy director, Lutheran World Federation, Geneva, 1962-1980; executive director, Lutheran World Federation, Geneva, 1980-1990; director, Christian Children's Fund, Geneva, 1991-1994; retired, 1994. Chairperson German Volunteer Agilysys Council, Stuttgart, 1955-1959, Austrian Volunteer Agilysys Council, Vienna, 1959-1962. President International Council Volunteer Agilysys, Geneva, 1976-1982.

Chairperson United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund/non-governmental organization Eastern Europe Committee, Geneva, 1990-1993.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: chess, European history, skiing.


Married Barbro Elisabeth Hisinger, August 5, 1950. 1 child, Thomas.

Lauritz Fritz Ries

Gretchen Margaret (Muench) Ries

Barbro Elisabeth Hisinger

Thomas Ries