Otto Stich

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Otto Stich
Member of the Swiss Federal Council
In office
President of Switzerland
In office
1 January 1994 – 31 January 1994
Personal details
Otto Anton Stich

10 January 1927
Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland
Died13 September 2012 (aged 85)
Dornach, Solothurn, Switzerland
Political partySocial Democratic Party
SpouseGertrud Stampfli

Otto Anton Stich (10 January 1927 – 13 September 2012[1]) was a Swiss professor and politician. He served as a member of the Swiss Federal Council from 1984 to 1995 and held the Swiss presidency in 1988 and 1994.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Stich was born in Basel, Switzerland to Otto and Rosa Stich (née Gunzinger).[3] His father was a mechanic and he had a modest upbringing in Dornach, where he attended middle and high school. He studied at the University of Basel and graduated with a diploma in Economics. In 1953, he became a diplomed teacher, in 1955 he completed his doctorate of philosophy in Political science.

He then taught at the vocational school in Basel, the subjects German, Economics and Political Science.


He was elected to the Federal Council of Switzerland on 7 December 1983 and handed over office on 31 October 1995. He was affiliated to the Social Democratic Party

During his time in office he held the Federal Department of Finance[4] and was President of the Confederation twice in 1988 and 1994.

Personal life[edit]

Stich was married to Gertrud Trudi Stampfli. They had a son and a daughter.

He died on 13 September 2012 at the age of 85.[5]


  1. ^ "". Retrieved 2023-02-24.
  2. ^ "". Retrieved 2023-02-24.
  3. ^ "Portrait Archiv ZGF Anton Otto (Otto) Stich-Stampfli Dornach". Retrieved 2023-02-24.
  4. ^ "Frühere Departmentsvorsteher/Innen".
  5. ^ Tenacious former cabinet minister dies at 85

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