Manfred Wörner

German politician (1934-1994)

Manfred Hermann Wörner (24 September 1934 in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt – 13 August 1994 in Brussels[1]) was a German politician and diplomat. He served as the Defense Minister of West Germany between 1982 and 1988.

Manfred Wörner
7th Secretary General of NATO
In office
1 July 1988 – 13 August 1994
Preceded byThe Lord Carrington
Succeeded bySergio Balanzino (acting)
Willy Claes
Federal Minister of Defence
(West Germany)
In office
4 October 1982 – 18 May 1988
ChancellorHelmut Kohl
Preceded byHans Apel
Succeeded byRupert Scholz
Deputy Chairman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the Bundestag
In office
20 October 1969 – 13 December 1972
Member of the Bundestag
In office
19 October 1965 – 30 June 1988
Personal details
Manfred Hermann Wörner

(1934-09-24)24 September 1934
Stuttgart, Germany
Died13 August 1994(1994-08-13) (aged 59)
Brussels, Belgium
Political partyChristian Democratic Union (CDU)
Spouse(s)Anna-Maria Casar (1972-1982)
Elfrie Hartwig Reinsch (1982-1994)
Alma materUniversity of Heidelberg
University of Paris
Ph.D. University of Munich

He then served as the seventh Secretary General of NATO from 1988 to 1994. His term as Secretary General oversaw the end of the Cold War and the German reunification. He was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, but continued to serve until his death.


  1. "Vor 10 Jahren: Manfred Wörner stirbt". Westdeutscher Rundfunk. 2004-08-13. Archived from the original on 2005-09-14. Retrieved 2006-01-18.

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