Hans Winterberg, a doctorate in law, held positions in Goethe-Institutes in Calcutta, Hyderabad, Turin, Boston, Munich, and Lisbon. He was director of the Goethe-Institut Boston from 1984 to 1990. Early in 1990, in the tempestuous and eventful times of German reunion, the Goethe-Institut’s board of directors entrusted Hans Winterberg with heading the Department of Cultural Programs Abroad in the central offices in Munich. He always encouraged young people and became a mentor to a new generation of Goethe colleagues. He remained a passionate mountaineer and cook well into advanced years.