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Luxembourgers in America

Luxembourgers and descendants of immigrants from Luxembourg have contributed, and continue to contribute greatly to the fabric of the United States of America. Early, US-born descendants of immigrants from Luxembourg could be identified with a certain ease as they were themselves aware of their parents or grand-parents' nativity. Today's fifth or sixth generation descendants are more difficult to ascertain, unless they achieve some very notable deed or high office, such as J. Dennis Hastert, (Speaker of the House) or Paul C. Lauterbur (2003 Nobel Prize winner), enticing genealogists and historians to scrutinize their particular ancestry. Professor Paul C. Lauterbur's ancestor, Michel Lauterbour (Lauterborn) was born in 1798 in Assel, municipality of Bous, Luxembourg, in 1825 he married Anne Heber from Dalheim, Luxembourg. The family immigrated in 1846 to the United States and settled first in Seneca County, Ohio later in New Vienna, Ohio. 

Many immigrants from Luxembourg and their descendants have been, and continue to be, active in their local communities as town mayors, council members, commissioners, sheriffs, postmasters, justices of the peace, etc. helping shape the nation at the county, city and village level. To mention a selected few Luxembourg-Americans active on the national level:

National Politics

François Baasen

First Secretary of State (1858-1860)

Minnesota

John Dolibois

U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg (1981-1985)

Born 1918 Bonnevoie (Luxembourg)

Dennis Hastert

Speaker of the House (1999 - )

United States of America

Paul O. Husting

United States Senator (1917)

Wisconsin

Richard F. Kneip

State Governor (1971-1978)

South Dakota

Nicholas Muller

Member of U. S. Congress (1877-1881/1883-1887)

New York

Phil Rock

State Senate President (1971-1993)

Illinois

Bernard J. Cigrand

Flag Day Activist

Born Wisconsin 1866

Matthew Woll

Vice President AFL/CIO

New York, Born Luxembourg 1880

 

Science & Education

Many Luxembourgers opt to pursue higher education studies in the United States while others immigrate to pursue research projects. Educators and scientists with Luxembourg roots have served or serve on the faculties of many US universities and institutions. It is in this category that we find the 'new immigrants', nowadays, internationally, referred to as 'expats' (expatriates).

In the nineteenth century we find many Catholic educators of Luxembourg-nativity, such as Rev. Alexander Kirsch, C.S.C., a professor of zoology at Notre Dame, Clay Township, County of St. Joseph, Indiana . He was born in 1855 in Clemency, Luxembourg. The Rev. Alexander Kirsch, C.S.C. Award is presented annually by the College of Engineering 'to a senior geological sciences student who has evidenced high qualities of personal character, scholarship, and leadership.'

The Marie-Joseé Southworth Award for Achievement in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) at Carbondale is named for Luxembourg-born Marie-Joseé Southworth, née Clesse, (1928-1977), a Ph. D. graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, a SIU French professor.

Jim Kellen, now retired catalogue librarian, whose ancestors hailed from Schweich/Beckerich catalogued the Luxembourg Collection at St. Thomas University's O'Shaughnessey Frey Library (Minnesota.), an outstanding collection of Luxembourgensia in the United States.
To access, click on: St. Thomas Bach-Dunn Collection

Steve Befort Professor of Law, Author University of Minnesota, Law School

Suzanne L. Bunkers

Professor of English. Author

Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota.

Marie-José Deutsch

Physicist

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Los Angeles, California.

François Elvinger

Dr. Med. Vet. PhD.

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Robert L. Even 

Professor Emeritus

Northern Illinois University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, DeKalb, Illinois.

Dorothy Feigl Professor of Chemistry/Administrator St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana

Michel Hack

Computer Scientist

IBM Research Division, Hawthorne, New York.

Georges Jacquemart

Adjunct Professor of Planning

Pratt Institute. New York University.
Buckhurst Fish & Jacquemart Inc (BFJ)

Pierre Joris

Professor of English. Poet

University of Albany. Albany, New York.

Elaine S. Katz

Professor. Author

University of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Martine Kraus

Director, Regulatory Affairs

Gilead Sciences, Inc., Foster City, California.

William J. Kroll

(1889-1973) Scientist. Researcher
Metallurgist (Titanium, Zirconium)

University of Oregon. Eugene, Oregon.

Joseph Lahr

Professor. Director, Institut Superieur de Technologie (Luxembourg)

NATO Science Committee Member.

Paul C. Lauterbur

Professor of Chemistry, Biophysics and Computational Biology and Bioengineering, etc.

University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois.
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2003).

Christiane Linster

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior

Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Robert Mackel

Professor, Neurosciences

Rockefeller University, New York

Arno J. Mayer

Professor Emeritus. Historian & Author

Princeton University, New Jersey.

François Mergen

(1925-1989) Dean of the School of Forestry

Yale, New Haven, Connecticut.

Marc Meyers

Professor of Materials Science

University of California, San Diego.

Laurence Mignon

Research Associate

University of California, Los Angeles. Geffen School of Medicine.

Jean Paul Muller

Obstetrics-Gynecology

Gessler Clinic PA, Winter Haven, Florida. 

Mary Niles Professor of American Literature & English, Author City University of New York

Roger Pauly

Asst. Professor of History

University of Central Arkansas.

Emmanuel Petit

Associate Professor ( of Architecture)

Yale, New Haven, Connecticut.

Michel Regenwetter

Professor of Psychology and Political Science

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois .

Margot Seitelman

(1900-1961) Executive Director

American Mensa Ltd.

Roger Schock

Psychiatrist / Forensic Psychiatry

Los Angeles, California.

Jeanny Shammas (nee Knaff)

Medical Doctor

Ann Arbor, Michigan.

George N. Schuster

(1910-2003) Scholar. Teacher. Founder Catholic Authors Press

St. Louis, Missouri.

Louis Schuster

Scholar. Artist. Teacher. (Passed 1989)

Distinguished Piper Professor and Professor Emeritus, St. Mary's, Texas.

Félicien M. Steichen

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, General Surgeon

New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York.

James B. Steichen

Clinical Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery.
Associate Professor Plastic Surgery

Indiana University & University of Kentucky.

Jean J. Steichen

Professor of Pediatrics 

Medical Director, Health Alliance Newborn Services and Cincinnati's High Risk Follow-Up Clinic, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Ralph A. Ulveling

Director, Public Library

Detroit, Michigan.

Religion

Traditionally Luxembourgers are Catholics in faith. For many families serving the church has been a long-standing, revered tradition. Descendants of immigrant couple John Feidt (1833-1923) and Anne Marguerite, nee Huberty (1836-1891), from Hespérange (Luxembourg) who settled near New Trier, Minnesota, count no less than four sons who have opted for Priesthood and twelve daughters who joined the Sisterhood.

Larochette, Luxembourg born John Theodor Comes (1873-1922) settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He had a distinguished career as a Gothic Revival church architect and architectural critic in the early 20th century.

Chicago-born Henry N. Prost (1915-1994), whose family hailed from Niederdonven, Luxembourg, was ordained a bishop in Chicago on November 1, 1962. Rev. Bishop Tadeu Henrique (Jude ) Prost, O.F.M. served as Bishop of Belem do Para, Brazil and Titular Bishop of Fronta.

James Schwebach

1847-1921

Bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin

Peter William Bartholome

1893-1982

Bishop Emeritus of St. Cloud, Minnesota

George Albert Hames 1911 - 1993  Bishop of Superior, Wisconsin

George Henry Speltz

1912-2004

Bishop Emeritus of St. Cloud, Minnesota

Sylvester William Treinen

1917

Bishop Emeritus of Boise, Idaho

John Joseph Paul  1918 - 2006  Bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin

John Lawrence May

1922-1994

Archbishop Emeritus of St. Louis

Raymond Emil Goedert

1927

Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, Illinois

Maria Catherine Josephine Moes (Mother Alfred)

1829-1899

Founder, St. Marys Hospital, Rochester, Minnesota

Joseph J. Pierron

1875-1949

Boys Town, Omaha, Nebraska.
"The Ave Maria Hymnal, A collection of Catholic hymns and tunes for church use"

Francis Schmitt

 

Boys Town, Omaha, Nebraska.
Musical Director & Conductor Boys Town Choir 1941 to 1975.

Culture & Entertainment

Contributions of Luxembourg-Americans to the American cultural scene are many. To mention a few outstanding individuals.

Joan Wester Anderson

 

Author & Biographer, Arlington Heights, Illinois, Born 1938.

Nicolas Becker

1842-1920

Poet. Compiled list of Luxembourg Names in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin (1908).

Nicholas Gonner

1835-1892

Publisher. Chronicled Luxembourg immigrants.

Joseph P. Birren

1864-1933

American landscape painter, Chicago, Illinois.

Victorine Hinger

 

Abstract Painter. Port Hueneme, California.

Edward Steichen

1879-1973

Master photographer. Curator New York Museum of Modern Art.

Hugo Gernsback

1884-1967

Radio & TV pioneer, inventor and science fiction writer.

Jean Noerdinger

1895-1963

Painter, Lake Forest, Illinois.

Robert Weimerskirch

 

Painter & Sculptor. Wimberley, Texas.

Gypsy Rose Lee

1911-1970

Rose Louise Hovick. Actress & Entertainer.

June Havoc

 

Ellen Evangeline Hovick. Actress & Dancer.

Wally Wingert

Current

Artist/Impersonator

Loretta Young

1913-2000

Actress, Hollywood, California.

Sports

Sports being a 20th century phenomenon, we encounter only few (known) Luxembourgers in US sports record books.

Josy Barthel

Olympic Track & Field Gold Medalist,
Helsinki 1952 - 1500 meters

Harvard graduate. US 1954 indoor mile champion.

James Bausch

U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist

Decathlon, Los Angeles 1932.

Chris Evert

Tennis player extraordinaire

Tennis Hall of Fame inductee.

'Red' Faber

Urban Clarence Faber

National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.

Keith Gledhill

Tennis Player, Stanford

1931 NCAA Individual Champion
1932 NCAA Doubles Champion
1933 US Davis Cup Team
1986 National Senior Hard Court Doubles
(Guinness Book of Records - Longest Career)
[Mother: Caroline Even, Peru Illinois] 

Marc Habscheid

Ice Hockey Player, Coach

Head Coach Canada's National Men's Hockey Team.

Rick Majerus Basketball Coach and Analyst

Head Coach at Marquette University (1983-1986), Ball State Univesity (1987-1989) and University of Utah (1989-2004).

 

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