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HENK KOLB (Age 83)  

Renowned Dutch political journalist, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014 comfortably in his home in Scottsdale, AZ. Henk Kolb was born in Den Haag, Netherlands on December 6, 1930 and grew up in Scheveningen during World War II. He was the beloved son of Philipp Heinrich Kolb and Hendrika Martina Kolb-Hooiman. Henk was the political correspondent for The Netherlands Press Association GPD, and for many years was the chief Dutch correspondent in Brussels and then in Washington, DC. He reported from all the political hot spots worldwide, including Vietnam, Israel, the Middle East, and Indonesia. Henk received honors for his work from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, and was made a Knight of the Order of Orange Nassau. In 1981, Henk won the Dutch Newspaper Journalism Prize, the highest honor in the Netherlands media. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Lori; his children Philip (Ilse) Kolb of The Netherlands; Deborah (Jamie) Saylor of Vienna, VA; Danielle (George) Christakos of Scottsdale, AZ; and David (Reda) Kolb of Sterling, VA; as well as nine grandchildren. A private memorial will be held in Virginia in July and in Den Haag in December.

Published in The Washington Post on June 27, 2014
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