Prof. Dr. Dieter Treutter, langjähriges Mitglied des Wissenschaftlichen Beirates der ehemaligen Forschungsanstalt Geisenheim, verstorben.
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
it is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of our friend and colleague Professor Dieter Treutter, who died on Saturday 07.05.2016 from cancer.
With his passing, the Associate Professorship of Fruit Science at the Technical University of Munich in Freising-Weihenstephan has lost its long-standing head, his colleagues their caring superior, many doctoral students their judicious advisor, and countless students their dedicated lecturer. The wider science community have lost a profiled mastermind, one who never followed the mainstream but was instead tenaciously committed to the issues which, through his scientific expertise, he recognised as pertinent.
Dieter Treutter studied Horticultural Science at the Technical University of Munich from 1976 – 1982. Following his studies he completed a doctorate at the Chair of Fruit Science under supervision from the former head, Walter Feucht, in the topic of grafting incompatibility in sweet cherry. In 1992 he gained the venia legendi in the subject of Fruit Science through his postdoctoral qualification in the topic of polyphenols and their significance to fruit growers and consumers. After time working in Spain, he was appointed the head of the Associate Professorship of Fruit Science at the Technical University of Munich in 1999. He was involved in numerous national and international scientific organisations as a member or as the chairman and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Corvinus University in Budapest. With relentless perseverance, inexhaustible dedication and inscrutable wisdom, he anchored the horticultural sciences in research and teaching at the Technical University of Munich. The establishment of the master programme ‚Horticultural Sciences‘, which runs in co-operation with a number of renowned European universities, can essentially be credited to his hard work.
There was hardly a scientist who was as comfortable in both the worlds of scientific research and in the practical field of fruit growing as Dieter Treutter. It was the connection between the physiology of fruit trees and the requirements from fruit growers that made his lectures both challenging and informative. He inspired countless students into the field of fruit science and gave them the tools they required to develop their education and careers further. He guided many PhD students through the methodology of scientific research.
Dieter Treutter demanded more from no-one than he did from himself. He always compared his workload with that of a fruit grower, who should work every Saturday and, when necessary, also on Sundays. He kept much of his work and many of his achievements quiet. Humility was one of his virtues.
Dieter Treutter was passionate about his career and what he could still achieve. Even during the illness, he worked optimistically and with commitment at his institute. In April he celebrated his 60th birthday with his work colleagues.
We would like to express our deepest condolences to his wife and children.
We are thankful as we look back on the years in which we had the pleasure of working with Dieter Treutter. We will honour his memory and draw on those things which he both professionally and personally imparted on us. His dedication to the fruit sciences has set for us an example that we will take with us into the future.
Johannes Hadersdorfer (Technische Universität München) and Michael Neumüller (Bavarian Fruit Center)