Obituary: Dr. Klaus Dyckerhoff



13 March 2014:

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our friend and benefactor,

Dr. Klaus Dyckerhoff,

who passed away on 9 March 2014 at the age of 86.

Klaus Dyckerhoff was born on 17 November 1927 in the Wiesbaden district of Amöneburg. After living in South America, where he worked first as a student trainee and later as a works manager in the cement industry, Klaus Dyckerhoff returned to Germany in 1952 to pursue his studies at what is now the Clausthal University of Technology. For his doctoral thesis “Investigations on Cement Raw Mixtures with a very high Silica Modulus“ Klaus Dyckerhoff also worked at the then newly inaugurated Research Institute of the Cement Industry in Duesseldorf. He continued his professional career at Friedrich Krupp GmbH, where he was appointed to the Board of Directors in the mid-1970s.

Since his time at the Research Institute Klaus Dyckerhoff maintained a close affinity with VDZ and continued to support, advise and accompany the association until shortly before his death. Young scientists were particularly close to his heart, demonstrated by his sponsorship of many diploma dissertations and doctoral theses in the field of cement and concrete research.

The internationally distinguished Dyckerhoff Foundation, founded by Klaus Dyckerhoff and his wife, furthermore supports with its uniquely endowed Klaus Dyckerhoff Prize outstanding scientific and corporate achievement in the field of the construction materials cement and concrete. Klaus Dyckerhoff was also a generous benefactor in his home town and was committed to improving the quality of life in his place of birth. His deep humility and down-to-earth manner, which he maintained throughout his life, left a lasting impression on those he met.

The cement industry and the scientists he supported owe Klaus Dyckerhoff a great debt of gratitude. Our thoughts at this time are with his wife and family. We are grateful for our time with Klaus Dyckerhoff and will remember him as a companion, benefactor and friend.