Manfred von Mautner-Markhof ’51 died on January 8, 2008, in Vienna, Austria.
He was born February 6, 1927, in Vienna, and prepared for college there at Schottengymnasium. He was a U.S. prisoner of war during WWII, then came to the United States to attend Bowdoin from 1947 to 1948 as the country’s first Austrian exchange student following the war. He also studied advertising at the Viennese College for International Trade, and law and state sciences at Vienna University, and was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters from the University of Redlands and a professorship bestowed by the president of Austria. He served as a lecturer at the Institute for Public Affairs at the University of Vienna. He joined his family business, the Schwechat Brewery, in 1949, and remained there until retiring in 1984. In addition, he founded the advertising company Hager Gesellschaft. He served as a member of the Austrian Parliament, chairman of the Foreign Relations committee of the Austrian Senate, a member of the European Council in Strasbourg from 1983 to 1999, and president of the Austrian American Society for more than 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Margherita von Mautner-Markhof, the Countess Cassis-Faraone; sons Manfred III and Theodore II; and daughters Marguerite and Marie-Gabrielle.