The world of estuarine and coastal ecology and management has lost a dear friend, colleague, editor, author, collaborator and even adversary!
But how many marine ecologists were also players of the drums, keyboard and bagpipes, and were shepherds (with their own flock of breeding Texel sheep), sometime ballroom dancers, and reconstructors of their own cars (a Citroen 2CV), small boat and farmhouse!
On May 7, 2020, the Dutch marine ecologist Victor de Jonge, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly due to a heart attack at the age of 75. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Victor’s family and friends but especially to Jacky, his wife, companion and ‘sounding board’ of almost 52 years – our loss is huge but nothing compared to Jacky’s. Victor was born in Nijmegen on the night the city was liberated from German occupation in World War II – hence his name! He and Jacky de Smidt met when both were very young as their families were friends who used to spend Christmas and birthdays together as well as Sinterklaas! While Victor went to study biology, Jacky studied psychology and went on to have a long and successful career as an educational psychologist – some of us had joked that she had ideal training for living with a scientist!
The obituary was shared by Mike Elliott, FEC vice chair elect and Co-Editor-in-Chief, Estuarine Coastal & Shelf Science, who is one of the co-authors.
The full text will be available as Open Access in Ocean & Coastal Management – please click here to read on.