1980-81 › Gertrud B. Pickar
3rd Farfel Recipient
Department of Modern & Classical Languages
Professors of German, Faculty Emerita
College of Humanities, Fine Arts, and Communication
The study of German has captivated Gertrud
Bauer Pickar throughout her professional life. Professor Pickar
received her undergraduate degree from Allegheny College. After
a year in Vienna as a Fulbright Scholar, she took a masters
degree in German from the University of California at Los Angeles.
In 1964, she received her doctorate, also in German, from Rice University.
Professor Pickar accepted a permanent
position at the University of Houston in 1966, embarking on a career
at the university that would span 30 years. Along the way, she garnered
the Allegheny College Distinguished Alumni Gold Citation in 1983,
as well as the UH Teaching Excellence Award in 1985. She served
as department chair for 11 years, while still finding the time to
publish seven books and over 50 scholarly articles. Professor Pickar
retired from the University of Houston in 1996, and now lives in
rural splendor in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.
Professor Pickars service to the
University of Houston was exemplary. She served on both the Faculty
Senate and the University Council, in addition to several search
committees and advisory boards throughout her years here. Of the
Farfel Award, which she received in 1981, Professor Pickar says,
Its the most significant award Ive ever received.
There are teaching awards, and there are
research awardsand each category is valuablebut the
Farfel Award is special precisely because it recognizes teaching
and research combined with service to the university. We are all
deeply indebted to Aaron and Esther Farfel for their generosity
in devising a way to recognize the facultys dedication to
the University of Houston.