Heinz Georg Pfaender (KF64) was born in the Gutbrod' schen Frauenklinik (women´s hospital) in Heilbronn, Wurtemberg, Germany, and was also baptised in the hospital on January 19, 1928. Godmothers were his father´s sisters Maria Pfaender from Stuttgart and Anna Geyer, nee Pfaender, from Chicago, Illinois (USA). Godfather and -mother from his maternal family were Julie Bausch from New York City (USA), Emil Bausch and his wife Luise, nee Dittmar, from Leonbronn, County of Heilbronn, Wurtemberg, Germany.
Heinz Georg´s father was Otto Hermann Pfaender (KF57) a school teacher from Stuttgart. His mother Maria, nee Bausch (KF57a) was the daughter of a hunter, butcher and inn owner from Leonbronn, County of Heilbronn, Wurtemberg.
The ancestors of the Pfänder family had been Lutheran refugees from Austria who had left their home due to the ongoing relentless Catholic counter-reformation in the middle of the 17th. century. They had found a new home in the area around Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria, in the year 1651/52. Heinz Georg Pfaender was a member of the 11th Pfänder generation after the immigration of his Austrian ancestor David Pfänder (KF1) - FAG # 204595831.
Heinz Pfaender spent his early childhood years in the tiny village of Kleingartach, County of Heilbronn, Wurtemberg, where his father worked as a school teacher.
In 1933 Heinz and the other family members moved from Kleingartach to Stuttgart, where his father continued to work as a teacher. Shortly after WW II had broken out, Heinz´s brother Otto Junior had to join the German Wehrmacht and was sent to France and later to the Soviet Union. He never returned.
Heinz G. Pfaender survived WW II firstly as a 15 to 16 year old "Flak Helfer" (help on an Anti Aircraft Cannon) which was followed by a regular military service in the Wehrmacht (Heinz was then only 17/18 years of age).
After the war he became an architect and later joined and headed the office of Germany´s (then) most influential designer Wilhelm Wagenfeld in Stuttgart.
In the late 1950s Heinz Pfaender moved to Darmstadt, Hesse, married his pride Liselotte and become one of the founders of the local university´s design department. In 1964 Heinz Pfaender followed a 6 months invitation by Pakistan´s government where he consulted the local industry in terms of close to market product design.
In 1967 the Pfaender family could move from their 3 room appartment into their own house in Darmstadt. The building had been constructed and designed according to Heinz Pfaender´s plans as an architect.
During his professional career Dr. Heinz Pfaender wrote several books (e.g. the Schott Guide to Glas) and designed a multitude of items: from small to heavy machinery to daily life goods (knives, trays, vases, lamps etc.). He resigned as a professor in the mid 1990s.
Professor Dr. Heinz Georg Pfaender peacefully passed away on June 8, 2015 - surrounded by his closest family. He left his wife of 57 years, 2 children and 4 grand children behind.