Ursula Lehr

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Ursula Lehr
Ursula Lehr 2008
Minister of Youth, Family, Women and Health
In office
1989 – December 1990
Chancellor Helmut Kohl
Preceded by Rita Suessmuth
Personal details
Born 1930 (age 86–87)
Nationality German
Political party Christian Democratic Union
Alma mater University of Frankfurt/Main
University of Bonn

Ursula Lehr (born 1930) is a German academic, age researcher and politician who served as federal minister of youth, family, women and health from 1989 to 1990. She was also a member of the Bundestag.

Early life and education[edit]

Lehr was born in Bonn in 1930.[1] She is a graduate of the University of Frankfurt/Main.[2] She obtained a PhD from the University of Bonn.[1]


Lehr is an academic.[3] She was a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).[4] In a cabinet reshuffle on 9 April 1989 Lehr became federal minister of youth, family, women and health in the cabinet led by Chancellor Helmut Kohl.[5] Lehr replaced popular politician Rita Suessmuth in the aforementioned post.[3] Lehr's term lasted until December 1990 when she resigned from office due to harsh criticisms since she was not very successful and popular.[3][6] Lehr served at the Bundestag from 1990 to 1991.[2] After leaving politics, she returned to her teaching post.[3]

Lehr is the founder of the German centre for research on aging (DZFA) at the University of Heidelberg that was established in 1995 and headed the centre until 1998.[2] She also served as the chair of the German society of gerontology and geriatrics from 1997 to 1998.[2] She was elected the head of the BAGSO (German National Association of Senior Citizens’ Organisations) in 2009.[7] She was reelected to the post in October 2012 for further three years.[8] She is also the honorary president of the BAGSO.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b "Advisory board". Demographic. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Ursula Lehr". AARP. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Germany faces escalating costs". The Deseret News. 24 December 1990. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Gerhard A. Ritter (5 May 2011). The Price of German Unity: Reunification and the Crisis of the Welfare State. Oxford University Press. p. 204. ISBN 978-0-19-955682-3. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Tuohy, William (14 April 1989). "Kohl Shuffles Cabinet to Aid Image Before Election". Los Angeles Times. Bonn. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Sarah Elise Wiliarty (16 August 2010). The CDU and the Politics of Gender in Germany: Bringing Women to the Party. Cambridge University Press. p. 167. ISBN 978-1-139-49116-7. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "News from the European Senior Citizens' Union (ESCU)" (PDF). Senior International. 33. 6 December 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "News from the European Senior Citizens' Union" (PDF). Senior International. 69. 29 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Closing Event". Europa. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "International Projects" (PDF). BAGSO. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 

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