Dr Uwe Kitzinger (1928 – 2023)

Uwe Kitzinger in informal shirt smilingIt is with sadness that the college learned of the death of Honorary Fellow Dr Uwe Kitzinger CBE on Tuesday 16 May 2023 while on holiday in France.

Uwe negotiated the Templeton Benefaction in 1982/83 and was the founding President of Templeton College until 1991. He remained an active member and generous supporter of college until he died.

His term as President of Templeton College was followed by ten years at Harvard. Uwe lived in Standlake near Oxford and was available until recently to Green Templeton members and others interested in European affairs.

He was elected a Scholar of New College in 1946, President of the Oxford Union in 1950, a Fellow of Nuffield College in 1956, and an Honorary Fellow of Templeton (then Green Templeton) from 2001, following his time in the United States. He spent 14 years at European institutions: in Strasbourg (Council of Europe), Brussels (Political Adviser to the first British Vice-President of the European Commission), and Fontainebleau (Dean of INSEAD).

Uwe was married to the anthropologist and childbirth reformer Sheila Kitzinger from 1952 until her death in 2015. A few days before Sheila died, Uwe offered the college support for a series of events to facilitate international research designed to lead to practical evidence-based medical, legal and social change.

This led to the development of the Sheila Kitzinger Programme, building on Sheila’s comparative research blended intense immersion in different communities, participant fieldwork and strong clinical knowledge to advocate evidence-based decisions on medical, legal and social change.

Our thoughts are with Uwe’s family and friends at this time.

Please let the PA to the Principal know if you would like to pass messages or tributes to his family.

Created: 16 May 2023