Memory of Hans van Wijngaarden
(Johannes Dirk) van Wijngaarden was born on June 30, 1933 in Bevervijk.
From his youth on he stood for humanisme, he denied to follow the call for military service on the principle “do not kill” . By court his military service duty was substituted for work in a hospital in the department roentgenology.
After completion of his alternative military service term, he went to Philips and started to work in the application laboratory for electron microscopy. Here he rendered regularly technical support “in the field” to the sales managers of the department S&I Export, particularly in the countries of East-Europe especially the USSR. Despite the less comfortable working circumstances in those countries he liked this type of operation. After some time he joint the S&I Export department as full member and became area manager analytical equipment USSR which position he maintained till he left Philips.
For his work Hans visited in the USSR Moscow, Kiev, Tbilisi and many cities more.
Ханс ван Вейнгаарден
30.06.1933 - 31.12.2010
With the delivery of electron microscopes to the
institutes of the Academy
of Medical Sciences
of the USSR he was introduced to the
scientist Valeria Anders. This encounter proved to be
significant for both of them. In April 1990 they married.
After arriving in Holland, Valeria started to do business with Russia and together with Hans they created the Co.Europack which actively worked with Moscow, Petersburg and Kiev during the period of perestroika.
Being based in Geldrop, Hans and Valeria travelled on
business throughout the world from Sydney
They celebrated holidays in trips with their caravan “Caravaler” in the
Hans and Valeria had open house, there came many friends and there were encounters with interesting people as ex-champion Kuperman, the composer Molchanova, piano-player Naimark, the artist Sacha Kosin, musicians, journalists, writers and poets.
The last 5 years Hans van Wijngaarden was editor and sponsor
in the project of literary club “Island
Anders” to promote russian writers and poets. Hans & Valeria published 7 books in the Russian language and
they were occupied of translation of some stories into English and French.
Everyone who had the luck to be associate with Hans knows him as a warm person, calm, benevolent and hospitable. He was an interesting man, vegetarian and besides Dutch he managed 3 other languages. It is regretfull that he only left a few articles on our webside www.anderval.nl.
Hans passed away on 31-12-2010 due to a short uncurable illness of heart (amyloidosis).Few hours before the start of 2011 his heart stopped.
Bright memories of Hans will forever live in our hearts.