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Ireland’s most accomplished Austrian has died

posted Jan 29, 2017, 11:55 AM by Reinhard Schoeller   [ updated Jan 30, 2017, 9:13 AM ]


Dr. Otto Glaser, died suddenly, peacefully on Friday 27th January 2017 at home. He was just shy of his 91st birthday.

At the young age of 12 he arrived in Ireland before the outbreak of the Second World War and was taken under the caring wings of The Holy Ghost Fathers in Blackrock College. He went on to study Science in UCD attaining a BSc and MSc and earned his doctorate in Vienna. He soon made his mark in Telecommunications where he prospered as a captain of Irish Industry. He served on the board of Coras Trachtala, he was a member of The Institute for Advanced Studies, a board member of the School of Cosmic Science, a member of the Governing Board of Dublin City University and an early and active member of Brendan Halligan’s European Institute.

For those of us in the Irish Austrian Society we’ll forever be grateful for two decades he devoted to the society as its President. He brought an energy and style that was First Division for every event. Austrian culture, history and links with Ireland were thoroughly researched. Enlightening conferences and superb musical occasions often combining the very best of artists from Austria and Ireland. Otto had a great sense of humour, uniquely Irish-Austrian. We shared a passion for Austrian wine and I enjoyed his company immensely.

He was farsighted, energetic and successful in so many fields. In the Irish Austrian Society one of his loved initiatives was to establish a German language essay competition for secondary schools. One of the three perpetual trophies is named after him and I expect this will help future generations remember him. The Austrian Government awarded him the Honour in Gold for services to the Republic of Austria. Without doubt, Otto will be remembered by all of us who knew him as a truly great Irish-Austrian. To his widow Pat we send our sympathy and fondest regards.

Paul Dubsky 29th January 2017