In memory of
Anton van Ouwerkerk
In memory of
Anton van Ouwerkerk
Anton van Ouwerkerk Chemist and leading figure in fragrance industry, longtime resident of Livingston, native of Amsterdam, 93 Anton van Ouwerkerk died on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at his residence at Arden Court Memory Care Center in Whippany, N.J., at the age of 93. He was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on Feb. 10, 1927. He and his wife Arendina "Dini" (Ikking) married in 1950 after meeting at a ballroom dance in 1947. They had a rich and adventurous life together during their 63 years of marriage until Dini's death in 2014. His daughters Marja van Ouwerkerk and Petra Strickland, and his sons-in-law will miss his sense of humor, his support and loving encouragement. He was the adored Opa of Dana and Cara Kubinak and Sean, Kevin, Megan and Erin Strickland and their partners. He shone in his role of grandfather, joyfully participating in all his grandchildrens' activities and celebrating their accomplishments. Anton was the first of his family to go to college and graduated from the Technische Hogeschool in Amsterdam with a degree in chemistry. He and his family emigrated to the US in the 1960's and moved to Livingston, NJ. He worked his entire career in the fragrance industry, initially at Polak & Schwartz in the Netherlands and later at International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) in the US. He became a noted perfumer and worked in research and development. He was the author of many patents related to fragrance manufacturing. Anton loved many styles of music and played trumpet in several jazz bands during the 1940's and 50's, including the Rhythm Dynamiks led by Michiel de Ruyter in Amsterdam. He and Dini traveled extensively for business and pleasure and visited five continents. They were patrons of music, including Opera at Lincoln Center and later the NJPAC. In 1969 Anton attended the March on Washington to protest the war in Vietnam. His experience living through the cruelty and oppression of the Nazi occupation of Holland in World War II influenced his convictions about the need for international cooperation for the good of all. In the 1970's he became the founding president of the Cook College (Rutgers University) Parents Association, and later was active with the Douglass College Parents Association, encouraging parents' involvement in their students' education and supporting programs at Rutgers University. He was a member of the Board and later president of the American Society of Perfumers 1993-1994. He played a mean game of Ping Pong and enjoyed playing with co-workers and family. Anton and Dini were avid Bridge players and he was a longtime member of the Livingston Senior Bridge club. In recent years he also enjoyed playing Mexican Train. He followed sports on TV, especially tennis and the Olympic Games. His life was a blessing for which we are grateful, we will celebrate his life as soon as friends and family are once again able to gather together.
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In memory of
Anton van Ouwerkerk
Anton van Ouwerkerk Chemist and leading figure in fragrance industry, longtime resident of Livingston, native of Amsterdam, 93 Anton van Ouwerkerk died on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at his residence at Arden Court Memory Care Center in Whippany, N.J., at the age of 93. He was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on Feb. 10, 1927. He and his wife Arendina "Dini" (Ikking) married in 1950 after meeting at a ballroom dance in 1947. They had a rich and adventurous life together during their 63 years of marriage until Dini's death in 2014. His daughters Marja van Ouwerkerk and Petra Strickland, and his sons-in-law will miss his sense of humor, his support and loving encouragement. He was the adored Opa of Dana and Cara Kubinak and Sean, Kevin, Megan and Erin Strickland and their partners. He shone in his role of grandfather, joyfully participating in all his grandchildrens' activities and celebrating their accomplishments. Anton was the first of his family to go to college and graduated from the Technische Hogeschool in Amsterdam with a degree in chemistry. He and his family emigrated to the US in the 1960's and moved to Livingston, NJ. He worked his entire career in the fragrance industry, initially at Polak & Schwartz in the Netherlands and later at International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) in the US. He became a noted perfumer and worked in research and development. He was the author of many patents related to fragrance manufacturing. Anton loved many styles of music and played trumpet in several jazz bands during the 1940's and 50's, including the Rhythm Dynamiks led by Michiel de Ruyter in Amsterdam. He and Dini traveled extensively for business and pleasure and visited five continents. They were patrons of music, including Opera at Lincoln Center and later the NJPAC. In 1969 Anton attended the March on Washington to protest the war in Vietnam. His experience living through the cruelty and oppression of the Nazi occupation of Holland in World War II influenced his convictions about the need for international cooperation for the good of all. In the 1970's he became the founding president of the Cook College (Rutgers University) Parents Association, and later was active with the Douglass College Parents Association, encouraging parents' involvement in their students' education and supporting programs at Rutgers University. He was a member of the Board and later president of the American Society of Perfumers 1993-1994. He played a mean game of Ping Pong and enjoyed playing with co-workers and family. Anton and Dini were avid Bridge players and he was a longtime member of the Livingston Senior Bridge club. In recent years he also enjoyed playing Mexican Train. He followed sports on TV, especially tennis and the Olympic Games. His life was a blessing for which we are grateful, we will celebrate his life as soon as friends and family are once again able to gather together.
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