In Memoriam | Joan Houtsmuller

On Friday May 25 our colleague Joan Houtsmuller passed away at the age of 57. Joan worked in the Conferences team (formerly the conference bureau) at Internal Affairs (DIZ) and had done so since October 1998. She designed many national and international meetings. As an employee, Joan was very involved and brought all her professionalism to bear on her work for her clients.

Joan managed to give the many conferences and events she organized their own individual character. Within her team she was a calming influence. Preferring to stay in the background, but emphatically present as and when she felt it was necessary.

In 2009 Joan was afflicted by a serious disease, from which she was able to recover. Last year the disease returned. This time, to our great dismay, Joan, with all her willpower and optimism, was  unable to win the battle. We will miss her.

We wish her children Teuntje and Dorus, and his partner Rainey, her family and friends great strength at this difficult time.

If you would like to leave a personal message for Joan and her children, you can do so as of Tuesday May 29 in her office, room 2.26 in the Auditorium.

Management team and staff of Internal Affairs (DIZ)

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