Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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Werner  Gundersheimer

class of 1955
inducted in 1987

Werner Gundersheimer

Director, Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C., of which Dr. Gundersheimer is director, is one of the principal research centers in the world for the study of 16th and 17th century Western Civilization. It is especially rich in materials relating to English Renaissance drama, literature and history. Dr Gundersheimer's major field is Europe: 1300-1600, with special emphasis on Italian and French intellectual, social and urban history.

Dr. Gundersheimer is a graduate of
Amherst College and Harvard University. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, Swarthmore College and Tel Aviv University and presently lectures at several universities and colleges. He is the author of several books, articles and reviews pertaining to his areas of interest. He has received various honors, awards, fellowships and grants including the Star of Italian Solidarity (Cavaliere della Stella Solidarieta Italiana) conferred by the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Italy, 1974. He is listed in Who's Who in America and the Directory of American Scholars.

Gundersheimer's other activities include:

Board Member, Rosenbach Museum and Library
Council of the Renaissance Society of America
Executive Council, American Jewish Historical Society
Board of Trustees, British Institute of America
Board of Trustees, The Medici Foundation.
Dr. Gundersheimer is a consultant to various professional presses, journals, the Educational Testing Service and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a member of various professional organizations and has addressed or chaired numerous conferences. He is married to the former Karen Rosenwald, an illustrator and writer of children's books, and has two sons.