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Francois H. Jas


1924 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Francois H. Jas Obituary
Francois (Frank) Jas, husband of Catharina Greve Jas for 60 years, passed away on March 23, 2018 surrounded by family. Franks kind smile and sweet, loving nature will be missed by all. Frank was born on June 5th, 1924 in The Hague, The Netherlands. He received his primary education in Curacao, an island in the Dutch Caribbean, and completed his secondary education in the Netherlands, graduating with a dual major in economics and law at the University of Leiden. He completed his US law degree at New York University in 1955. Frank started his law career at the Netherlands Trade Commission in Manhattan, where he met wife-to-be, Catharina, who worked in the same office. After they married, Frank and his young family moved to Evanston, Illinois, where he joined the Chicago law offices of Baker, McKenzie and Hightower. In 1964, Frank started work as an international lawyer for Celanese Corporation in New York City. Four years later, Frank transitioned to the academic world as an associate professor at Harvard University, specializing in the field of International tax law. He remained there until his retirement. Frank was a committed member of the First Parish Church in Lexington, Unitarian Universalist, in Massachusetts serving as chairman of the board as well as volunteering for numerous organizations and committees. He was dedicated to addressing issues of economic injustice and the challenges of globalization. Franks greatest pleasure was always his family. His wry, gentle humor will remain imprinted in their hearts forever. He is survived by his wife Catharina, their three children, Marianne, Frank and Elisabeth, and five grandchildren, Karina, Adrian, Pieter, Isabelle and William. A Celebration of Life is planned for Sunday, July 22, 4-6pm at 935 Bridge Road in Eastham, MA.
Published in The Lexington Minuteman from Apr. 24 to May 3, 2018
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