Dr. Donald G. Tritt
The Swiss Center of North America celebrated its grand opening Dec. 6, 2008 with a celebration for several hundred people.
Dr. Donald G. Tritt, to the right in the ribbon cutting photograph, is now a director emeritus of the Swiss Center of North America.
Dr. Tritt, or Don as he likes to be called, is a widely known and respected leader in the Swiss American community. He is a retired clinical psychologist who was a professor at Dennison University near Columbus, OH.
Don realized the Swiss were among the few immigrant groups that did not have a national heritage center. When he broached the idea of a Swiss center at the 1998 annual meeting of the Swiss American Historical Society he was given the go-ahead to gauge interest among the members. The interest was there, and with support, fundraising and hard work, the Swiss now have their heritage center.
Don was the first vice president of the Swiss American Historical Society and a member of the Society's Advisory Board. His publications include "Swiss Festivals of North America" (1999) and a biography of Swiss natural scientist Leo Lesquereux (2006).
He also co-edited the first two volumes of Tritt Family History: 1562-1750.
Don is a member of the Columbus Swiss Beneficial Society, trustee of the Columbus Gruetli Verein, and a life trustee of the Columbus Swiss Home Association.
November 2013, the Swiss American Historical Society published the bibliography of the Donald G. Tritt Swiss Library and Archives.
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