Germany awards highest civilian honor to IUPUI Professor Giles Hoyt
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Germany awards highest civilian honor to IUPUI Professor Giles Hoyt

IUPUI Professor Giles Hoyt, Ph.D., is a recipient of the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany awards for services to the European nation.

Hoyt, Professor Emeritus of German and Philanthropic Studies and past director of the Max Kade German-American Research and Resource Center in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, is the recipient of the Bundesverdienstkreuz, the Federal Cross of Honor.

The Bundesverdienstkreuz was instituted in 1951 by German President Theodor Heuss. It may be awarded to Germans as well as foreigners for achievements in the political, economic, social or intellectual realm and for a myriad of outstanding services to the nation in the fields of social, charitable and philanthropic work.

Hoyt, an internationally recognized scholar, has been a pivotal figure in the field of German and German-American Studies. His service to IUPUI, as well as to the German-American community, particularly in Indiana and the Midwest, spans more than three decades. He has served on the board of numerous organizations, both locally and nationally, dealing with German-American relations.

Professor Hoyt was instrumental in the establishment and development of the Max Kade German-American center, a national model for interdisciplinary German and German-American Studies.

Together with his wife, Dolores Hoyt, Ph.D.; and friends and colleagues Eberhard Reichmann, Ph.D., and his wife, Ruth Reichmann, Ph.D., Hoyt created the Hoyt-Reichmann Faculty Chair in German American Studies and German Language and Culture at IUPUI with a $1.3 million gift commitment to the School of Liberal Arts.

“Professor Hoyt’s contributions to IUPUI, to academia and the German community are manifold and significant . . . His long-standing civic and community engagement can serve as a model for others to follow,” wrote the Reichmanns and Claudia Grossmann, Ph.D., in a letter nominating Hoyt for the Federal Cross of Honor.

Hoyt received the Cross on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, from Consul General of Germany Onno Hueckmann, based in Chicago. About 100 people attended the award ceremony held at the Indianapolis Athenaeum and hosted by the Max Kade German-American Center.

Germany’s recognition of Hoyt’s work advancing the cause of German-American relations and promoting German language and culture in the U.S is wonderful, said School of Liberal Arts Dean William Blomquist, adding that Hoyt’s service and work simultaneously promoted and served IUPUI.

“In Indianapolis, throughout Indiana, throughout the United States, and overseas, IUPUI and the IU School of Liberal Arts couldn’t have had a better ambassador than Giles Hoyt,” Blomquist said