The Dietrich W. Botstiber Foundation, was named after Dietrich W. Botstiber, who was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1912. His father was the general manager of the Konzerthaus, one of the major musical institutions in Vienna, so Botstiber grew up in a home where notable composers, conductors, musicians, and singers were frequent visitors. Although he had a classical education, his interests were in science and technology rather than literature and the arts. He graduated in 1935 from the Technical University of Vienna with a Diplom Ingenieur (the equivalent of a Master of Science degree). He had to abandon his research work on semi-conductors and forego finishing his PhD at the University of Vienna when the Nazis took power in Austria and he emigrated to the United States in 1938. After working in a fascinating variety of jobs and development projects (from cigar manufacturing, machinery and vending machines to armaments and helicopters), he founded Technical Development Company (TEDECO) and did pioneering work on failure detection devices and high-speed power transmission assemblies. TEDECO was also involved in consulting and specialized in manufacturing for major aerospace companies.
Botstiber retired and sold TEDECO in 1985 and died seventeen years later, on December 21, 2002. Learn more about Dietrich Botstiber from his autobiography, Not on the Mayflower, which is available by order at Amazon and Alibris.