St. Gallen: People

Interesting people form St. Gallen

 

Ruth Dreifuss

Ruth Dreifuss

Ruth Dreifuss was born in St. Gallen on 9 January 1940 and studied economics. She was Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) from 1972 to 1991. From 1991 to 1993 she worked as a consultant to the  Swiss Federation of Trade Unions. In 1993 she was elected to the Federal Council as an SP (Social Democratic Party) deputy, and continued to hold this office until 2002. After Elisabeth Kopp, Dreifuss was the second woman deputy in the Federal Council and the first woman deputy of Jewish background.


 

Ulrich Zwingli

Ulrich Zwingli

Ulrich Zwingli, born in Wildhaus on 1 January 1484, was one of the most influential Swiss reformers. At the early age of 10, he left his parents' house to attend Latin school, first in Basel and later in Berne. He went on to study at the universities of Vienna and Basel, and gained the degree of "Magister Artium" (Master of Arts). In 1506 Zwingli served his title as a priest in Glarus. In 1519 he came to the Grossmünster in Zurich as a cathedral vicar.  From here he was to carry forward the Reformation in German-speaking Switzerland. Zwingli died on 11 October 1531, in the Second Kappel War between Zurich and the catholic cantons of Lucerne, Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden and Zug.


 

Trudi Gerster

Trudi Gerster

Trudi Gerster, actress, fairy-tale narrator and politician was born in St. Gallen on 6 September 1919. In the late 1930s she graduated from drama school in Zurich. In 1939 she made her debut at the "Landi," the Swiss exhibition, as a fairy. Just one year later, from 1940, she held a permanent part on the DRS wireless children's program. From 1968 to 1980 she sat in the Cantonal Parliament of Basel City, where she worked to promote culture and environmental conservation. Trudi Gerster died in Basel on 27 April 2013.


 

Tranquillo Barnetta

Tranquillo Barnetta

Tranquillo Barnetta was born on 22 May 1985. From his youth, he discovered a passion for football. He played for a small local club in St. Gallen, FC Rotmonten, where his trainer quickly recognized his talent. In 2002 he signed for FC St. Gallen, marking the start of his professional career. Barnetta now plays in the Swiss national team and for the German club FC Schalke 04.


 

 

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