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EMIEL CHRISTIAAN HENRIK VEENDORP

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VEENDORP, Emiel Christiaan Henrik Passed away at age 77 on April 19, 2012 in Washington DC, United States. Born in Groningen, The Netherlands on March 13, 1935 to the late Pieter Meindert Veendorp and Aukje Veendorp, Emiel, (or "Chris" as he was known to his friends), spent his childhood with his parents and sisters in Amersfoort and later moved to Groningen where he received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Groningen in 1960. He went on to get his PhD in Economics at Rice University in Houston, Texas in 1963. Chris went on to lead a distinguished career in academia, first at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and later as Professor Emeritus at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in microeconomics, statistics and industrial organization. His courses were highly sought out by students who appreciated his mathematical rigor and high standards. Chris also served as the departmental advisor to new PhD students, a role for which he was well suited, given his thoughtful and patient disposition. He was a gifted teacher who touched the lives of students around the world, many of whom he maintained close friendships with throughout his life. n addition, Chris published widely and importantly in theoretical and applied microeconomics. His articles appeared in top-rated journals including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Econometrica. He also served on the Editorial Board of the Southern Economic Journal. Many of his articles examined the functioning of markets, including adjustment processes for prices and quantities under competition, models of imperfect competition, and conditions of disequilibrium and instability in markets. He was legendary for posing challenging questions and offering insightful and constructive commentary on issues within the domain of his expertise. His colleagues and students will remember him for his sense of humor, warmth, intellect and selfless dedication to liberal arts education. While Chris was an economist by profession, he was an adventurer at heart as well as a connoisseur of the finer things in life - film, literature, music, art and nature. He spent much of his later life travelling to remote corners of the world embarking on journeys throughout Asia, Africa, Latin America and finally sailing across the Atlantic Ocean in a small sailboat together with his lifelong friend, Randy Selden. He was passionate about protecting the Earth's natural resources and beauty and supported numerous conservation movements dedicated to the cause. He shared a rich and beautiful life with his wife, Irene Hanelore Schiffer Veendorp (deceased) and daughters Saskia and Nicolette in New Orleans, Lousiana and Princeton, Massachusetts and went on to share his last 8 years with his dearly loved partner Ingeborg Faber van Achterbergh in Ste. Foy de Longas, France. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Irene Veendorp, he is survived by his loving family: his partner, Ingeborg Faber van Achterbergh, his daughters, Saskia and Nicolette, his sons-in-law, Chrysanthos and Loic, and his grandchildren, Sebastien, Lysander, Cecilia, Lilly, and Sienna of Washington DC and Paris, France. He is survived by his sister Hilmar Bilderbeek and brother-in-law Henk Bilderbeek and many beloved nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews of The Netherlands. He was preceded in death by his other sister, Liesbeth Lindenbergh-Veendorp. His ashes will be spread in Princeton, Massachusetts and Ste. Foy de Longas, France. Condolences may be sent to 4438 Volta Place, NW, Washington DC 20007. He will be greatly missed.

Published in The Boston Globe on May 6, 2012
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