Relus ter Beek

Aurelus Louis "Relus" ter Beek (18 January 1944 – 29 September 2008) was a Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA).

Relus ter Beek
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Relus ter Teek in 2008
Queen's Commissioner of Drenthe
In office
1 January 1995 – 29 September 2008
Preceded byMargreeth de Boer
Succeeded byJacques Tichelaar
Minister of Defence
In office
7 November 1989 – 22 August 1994
Prime MinisterRuud Lubbers
Preceded byFrits Bolkestein
Succeeded byJoris Voorhoeve
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
17 May 1994 – 1 January 1995
In office
11 May 1971 – 7 November 1989
Parliamentary groupLabour Party
Personal details
Aurelus Louis ter Beek

(1944-01-18)18 January 1944
Coevorden, Netherlands
Died29 September 2008(2008-09-29) (aged 64)
Assen, Netherlands
Cause of deathLung cancer
Political partyLabour Party (from 1962)
Annechien Ties
(m. 1969)
Children1 son and 1 daughter
Alma materUniversity of Amsterdam
(Bachelor of Social Science, Master of Social Science)
OccupationPolitician · Nonprofit director · Activist

He served as a Member of the House of Representatives from 11 May 1971 until 7 November 1989 when he became Minister of Defence serving from 7 November 1989 until 22 August 1994 in the third Lubbers cabinet. He returned as a Member of the House of Representatives serving from 17 May 1994 until his resignation on 1 January 1995 to become the Queen's Commissioner of Drenthe, he served for thirteen years until his death on 29 September 2008 from lung cancer at the age of 64.[1][2][3]


Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 29 April 1983
  Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 8 October 1994


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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Preceded by Queen's Commissioner of Drenthe
Succeeded by