Bé Udink

Berend Jan "Bé" Udink (12 February 1926 – 24 May 2016) was a Dutch politician and diplomat of the defunct Christian Historical Union (CHU) party now merged into the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party and businessman.[1]

Bé Udink
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Bé Udink in 1969
Minister of Transport and
Water Management
In office
21 July 1972 – 11 May 1973
Prime MinisterBarend Biesheuvel
Preceded byWillem Drees Jr.
Succeeded byTjerk Westerterp
Minister of Housing and Spatial Planning
In office
6 July 1971 – 11 May 1973
Prime MinisterBarend Biesheuvel
Preceded byWim Schut
Succeeded byHans Gruijters
Parliamentary leader in the
House of Representatives
In office
11 May 1971 – 6 July 1971
Preceded byJur Mellema
Succeeded byRoelof Kruisinga
Parliamentary groupChristian Historical Union
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
11 May 1971 – 6 July 1971
Parliamentary groupChristian Historical Union
Leader of the Christian
Historical Union
In office
20 June 1970 – 28 July 1971
Preceded byJur Mellema
Succeeded byJur Mellema
Minister for Aid to
Developing Countries
In office
5 April 1967 – 6 July 1971
Prime MinisterPiet de Jong
Preceded byTheo Bot
Succeeded byKees Boertien
as Minister for Development Cooperation
Personal details
Born
Berend Jan Udink

(1926-02-12)12 February 1926
Deventer, Netherlands
Died24 May 2016(2016-05-24) (aged 90)
Goedereede, Netherlands
NationalityDutch
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(from 1980)
Other political
affiliations
Christian Historical Union
(until 1980)
Spouse(s)
Anneke van Drumpt
(m. 1949; his death 2016)
ChildrenMarc Udink (born 1952)
2 other children
Alma materRotterdam School of Economics
(Bachelor of Economics, Master of Economics)
University of Lausanne
(Bachelor of Accountancy)
OccupationPolitician · Diplomat · Economist · Businessman · Corporate director · Nonprofit director · Lobbyist · Professor

Udink applied at the Rotterdam School of Economics in July 1946 majoring in Economics and obtaining an Bachelor of Economics degree in June 1948 before graduating with an Master of Economics degree in June 1952. Udink also applied at the University of Lausanne in August 1946 for a Class in Financial economics obtaining an Bachelor of Accountancy degree in September 1947. Udink worked as a corporate director of the Chamber of commerce of Rotterdam from October 1953 until July 1962. Udink also worked as an associate professor of Trade economics at the Rotterdam School of Economics from June 1959 until September 1964. Udink worked as corporate director of the Chamber of commerce of The Hague from July 1962 until April 1967 serving as executive director from January 1963 until April 1967. Udink served on the Rijnmond Council from September 1965 until April 1967.

After the election of 1967 Udink was appointed as Minister for Aid to Developing Countries in the Cabinet De Jong, taking office on 5 April 1967. After the Leader of the Christian Historical Union and Parliamentary leader of the Christian Historical Union in the House of Representatives Jur Mellema unexpectedly announced that he was stepping down as Leader of the Christian Historical Union, the Christian Historical Union leadership approached Udink as his successor, Udink accepted and became the Leader of the Christian Historical Union and Lijsttrekker (top candidate) for the election of 1971 on 20 June 1970. The Christian Historical Union suffered a small loss, losing 3 seats and now had 7 seats in the House of Representatives. Udink was subsequently elected as a Member of the House of Representatives and became the Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives, taking office on 11 May 1971. The following cabinet formation of 1971 resulted in a coalition agreement between the Christian Historical Union, the Catholic People's Party (KVP), the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), the Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP) and the Democratic Socialists '70 (DS'70) which formed the Cabinet Biesheuvel I with Udink appointed as Minister of Housing and Spatial Planning, taking office on 6 July 1971. On 28 July 1971 Udink announced that he was stepping down as Leader in favor of Parliamentary leader and predecessor Mellema. The Cabinet Biesheuvel I fell just one year later on 19 July 1972 and continued to serve in a demissionary capacity with Udink taking over as Minister of Transport and Water Management on 21 July 1972 until it was replaced by the caretaker Cabinet Biesheuvel II with Udink continuing as Minister of Housing and Spatial Planning and Minister of Transport and Water Management, taking office on 9 August 1972. In September 1972 Udink announced his retirement from national politics and that he wouldn't stand for the election of 1972. The Cabinet Biesheuvel II was replaced by the Cabinet Den Uyl following the cabinet formation of 1972 on 11 May 1973.

Udink retired from national politics and became active in the private sector, in August 1973 Udink was appointed as Chief financial officer (CFO) and Vice Chairman of the Board of directors of the Overseas Gas and Electric Company (OGEM) from 1 September 1973 until 1 January 1978. In December 1977 Udink was nominated as Chief executive officer (CEO) and Chairman of the Board of directors of Overseas Gas and Electric Company working from 1 January 1978 until 1 March 1980.

Udink remained active in the private sector and public sector and occupied numerous seats as a corporate director and nonprofit director on several boards of directors and supervisory boards (Zilveren Kruis, Transnational Institute, Radio Netherlands Worldwide, Energy Research Centre, Stichting IKEA Foundation and Terre des hommes) and served on several state commissions and councils on behalf of the government (Public Pension Funds APB, Staatsbosbeheer, Council for Culture, Cadastre Agency and the Advisory Council for Spatial Planning) and served as an diplomat and lobbyist for several economic delegations on behalf of the government.

Udink was known for his abilities as a negotiator and debater. Udink continued to comment on political affairs until his death at the age of 90.

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Berend Jan Udink was born on 12 February 1926 in Deventer in the Province of Overijssel in a Remonstrant family. Udink studied economy in Rotterdam and Lausanne (1945–1952). After his studied he was employed at the Chamber of Commerce of Rotterdam and later worked as a teacher at the Economische Hogeschool Rotterdam (Economic College of Rotterdam). Udink, who belonged to the Christian Historical Union, was elected in the so-called Rijnmondraad (Council of Rijnmond), a local council of representatives of Rijnmond, in 1965.

PoliticsEdit

Two years later, in 1967, he became minister for Development Cooperation in the Cabinet-De Jong, a post he held till 1971. In 1971 he was lijsttrekker of the CHU, presenting himself as a conservative and a "law and order" politician. In that same year Udink became minister of Transport, Public Works and Water Management in the Cabinets-Biesheuvel I and II. His political career ended in 1973. From 1973 till 1978 he was member of the Board of Directors of the Overzeese Gas- en Elektriciteitsmaatschappij N.V. (as Dutch gas and electricity company) and from 1978 till 1980 he served as its president.

PersonalEdit

Bé Udink was married and had three children. He belonged to the Remonstrant Brotherhood (Arminian Protestant Church).

DecorationsEdit

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Grand Officer of the Order of Leopold II Belgium 10 October 1969
  Knight Commander of the Order of Merit Germany 1 February 1972
  Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 8 June 1973

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Oud-minister Udink (CHU) overleden" (in Dutch). NOS. 25 May 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2018.

External linksEdit

Official
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jur Mellema
Leader of the Christian
Historical Union

1970–1971
Succeeded by
Jur Mellema
Preceded by
Henk Beernink
1967
Lijsttrekker of the
Christian Historical Union

1971
Succeeded by
Arnold Tilanus
1972
Preceded by
Jur Mellema
Parliamentary leader of the
Christian Historical Union in the
House of Representatives

1971
Succeeded by
Roelof Kruisinga
Political offices
Preceded by
Theo Bot
Minister for Aid to
Developing Countries

1967–1971
Succeeded by
Kees Boertien
as Minister for Development Cooperation
Preceded by
Wim Schut
Minister of Housing and
Spatial Planning

1971–1973
Succeeded by
Hans Gruijters
Preceded by
Willem Drees Jr.
Minister of Transport and
Water Management

1972–1973
Succeeded by
Tjerk Westerterp
Business positions
Preceded by
Unknown
CFO and Vice Chairman of the
Board of directors of the
Overseas Gas and Electric Company

1973–1978
Succeeded by
Lenze Koopmans
Preceded by
Karel Fibbe
CEO and Chairman of the
Board of directors of the
Overseas Gas and Electric Company

1978–1980