Dr. Larry Deuser
Dr. Larry Deuser has served on the Board of Directors of the German-Texan Heritage Society for six (6) years and is currently the Treasurer. He is a Ph.D. graduate in Engineering from U Texas. In his professional pursuits he was a Principal Scientist, Department Director and Lead Investigator for many large defense and intelligence programs for over 40 years.
Most of his employment was with Tracor, inc., Austin’s first homegrown Fortune 500 company, in addition to university research and teaching assignments. This training and experience along with his abiding commitment to the people and the fabric of Austin has led him to countless hours of volunteer efforts. Dr. Dueser helped establish the Austin Meals on Wheels in Austin and served on the first board and second President. He also served in the same capacity for the SER-Jobs for Progress (a Hispanic employment and education program). He was active in the Austin neighborhoods and environment movement. He was elected by all the citizens of Austin to the Austin City Council in the 1980’s and along with six (6) other members presided over a budget of over $250M and provided services to our growing community.
Additionally, he served on important Austin boards and commissions for 20 years. Dr. Deuser has been interested in his own and Texan’s German culture and roots. He has connected with the remaining family in Germany from which his family immigrated in the mid 1800’s. One of his distant cousin’s is known as the “Betsy Ross” of Texas, Johanna Troutman that provided an early Lone Star Flag used in the Texans Independence struggle at Goliad. Johanna is memorialized by a grate and statue in the Texas State Cemetery just a short distance from that of Stephen F. Austin. Her portrait hangs in the Texas Capital building.