Schelto Patijn

Schelto Patijn [ˈsxɛɫtoː pɑˈtɛin] (13 August 1936 – 15 July 2007) was a Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA) and jurist.

Schelto Patijn
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Schelto Patijn in 1980
Mayor of Amsterdam
In office
1 June 1994 – 1 January 2001
Preceded byFrank de Grave (Acting)
Succeeded byGuusje ter Horst (Ad interim)
Queen's Commissioner
of South Holland
In office
16 June 1984 – 1 June 1994
Preceded byMaarten Vrolijk
Succeeded byJoan Leemhuis-Stout
Member of the European Parliament
In office
3 July 1973 – 16 July 1979
Parliamentary groupSocialist Group
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
28 May 1973 – 16 June 1984
Parliamentary groupLabour Party
Personal details
Schelto Patijn

(1936-08-13)13 August 1936
The Hague, Netherlands
Died15 July 2007(2007-07-15) (aged 70)
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cause of deathKidney cancer
Political partyLabour Party
Elisabeth Stroink
(m. 1961; his death 2007)
Children3 children
FatherConnie Patijn (1908–2007)
RelativesJack Patijn
Michiel Patijn
Alma materUtrecht University
(Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, Doctor of Philosophy)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Jurist · Researcher · Nonprofit director
Military service
Allegiance Netherlands
Branch/serviceRoyal Marechaussee
Years of service1959–1962 (Conscription)
RankNl-marechaussee-eerste luitenant.svg Lieutenant

He served as Queen's Commissioner in the Province of South Holland from June 16, 1984 until June 1, 1994 when he stepped down to become Mayor of Amsterdam, he served from June 1, 1994 until January 1, 2001.[1]


Early lifeEdit

Patijn was the second son of Conny Patijn, a Member of the House of Representatives, from 1956 until 1967, and Sara van Citters. He was a descendant of Michiel de Ruyter, he was named after the father of his mother, politician Schelto van Citters.

Patijn went to school at the liberal Vrijzinnig-Christelijk Lyceum in The Hague from 1948 to 1954. After that he studied Law at the Utrecht University and became a member of the Utrechtsch Students Corps. Patijn graduated in 1959. He fulfilled his military duty in which he rose to the rank of reserve-first lieutenant of the royal military police. In 1961–1962 he followed a post-academic study in Washington D.C. Hereafter he was a policy employee at the European Integration Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, up to 1967 when he changed to the Europe institute of the University of Leiden. Initially he worked there as a scientific employee, but in 1971, he became director of the institute.

Patijn received a doctorate degree in September 1973 from the Utrecht University on: 'the European Parliament, the fight for its powers'.


In 1973, his political career also started. Patijn was a Member of the House of Representatives from May 28, 1973 until June 16, 1984, and from July 3, 1973 until July 16, 1979 a Member of the European Parliament.

In the House of Representatives he was spokesman for the right to vote and spokesman European matter. From December 1978 to August 1979 Patijn was President of a special commission to examine who had knowledge of the war past of Willem Aantjes, how they had come to this knowledge and if someone had been using it. Patijn voted in 1980 for a Dutch boycott of the Olympic Games in Moscow. Early 1982 he was candidate Mayor of Rotterdam, but minister Ed van Thijn preferred the 42-year-old Bram Peper. At the constitutional revision of 1983 Patijn played an important role.

On 16 June 1984 Patijn became commissioner of the queen in the province Zuid-Holland. In that function he signed a decision of provincial states of Zuid-Holland on 30 August 1988, that later lead to a financial scandal (in 1999).

By 1 June 1994 Patijn became Mayor of Amsterdam. He succeeded Ed van Thijn, who in January of that year had left to succeed the deceased Ien Dales as minister of home affairs in the Cabinet Lubbers III. Patijn was a remarkable choice, because a tradition appeared to be emerging to appoint a Jewish mayor in the municipality of Amsterdam. He was to be the commissioner of the queen of the still to be formed town province of Amsterdam. When however the town province was voted down by referendum, one mayor job only remained for Patijn; actually a degradation for a commissioner of the queen.

As a Mayor wild Patijn initially the number of halves coffee shops in the capital. He got within some years a pet name (Ome shrill) and a supporter club. Much critical he got however on to links lay of the Vrijmarkt with Koninginnedag.

Patijn was succeeded on 1 January 2001 by Job Cohen. After stepping down as mayor he continued live in Amsterdam, even though it was his intention to return to The Hague.[2]


In February 2001 Patijn was asked to be vice-chairman of the Labour Party, but he withdrew due to health reasons. In 2004, Patijn was the President of a Labour Party-project group which wrote a report regarding integration and immigration.

Patijn married Elisabeth Stroink on 12 July 1961. The couple had three children. After a long spell with health problems, Schelto Patijn died in the summer of 2007. He was 70. After a private commemoration in the Westerkerk, Patijn was buried in the Amsterdam cemetery Zorgvlied.

His father outlived him by a few months, until his own death on September 7, 2007 at the age of 98.[3]


Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
  Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 1987
  Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 1994


  1. ^ van den Eerenbeemt, Marc (July 16, 2007). "Schelto Patijn (70) overleden". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "Schelto Patijn overleden". (in Dutch). July 15, 2007. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "PvdA-politicus Schelto Patijn op 70-jarige leeftijd overleden". Parlement & Politiek (in Dutch). July 16, 2007. Retrieved July 23, 2018.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Maarten Vrolijk
Queen's Commissioner
of South Holland

Succeeded by
Joan Leemhuis-Stout
Preceded by
Frank de Grave
Mayor of Amsterdam
Succeeded by
Guusje ter Horst
Ad interim