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Dr. Gaele Rodenhuis (1941-2011)

Dr. Gaele Rodenhuis passed away on Saturday 8th October, 2011.
Gaele was a highly valued Council Member of IAHR during the period 2000-2008 and was responsible for organising two special meetings for Directors of Water Research Institutes during the IAHR Beijing and Seoul World Congresses. He was also active in collaboration between IAHR and IWA in efforts to raise awareness of the importance of research in solving water problems during the World Water Forum in Kyoto in 2003. For many years a member of the Board of Directors of Delft Hydraulics, he was responsible for operations, research and development. With an education in applied mathematics and computer modelling this also included responsibility for the Delft Systems- the large modelling systems that Delft Hydraulics markets world-wide. Read full obituary
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Brian Parsons - ASCE-EWRI
I've just read the news of the passing of Dr. Gaele Rodenhuis. My interaction with him was in realtion to ASCE-EWRI's work with IAHR and in that capacity I quickly grew to respect his integrity and committment to the profession. My condolences to his family and colleagues.
Alastair Barnett  
Shocked to hear the sad news. Gaele has been a staunch friend and colleague since we worked together in Delft in 1971-73. I always enjoyed his deep hydraulic perception and quizzical sense of humour. Sympathies to Thea and the family. 
I am depply sorry. He was one of the people that made possible my opportunity to complete my MSc's at Delf Hydraulics in 1998.
Christophr George
I recall the 2000 Executive Committee meeting when Forrest Holly was IAHR President and we were waiting in our hotel reception for Gaele to arrive for a meeting to discuss Institute member activities. I was very impressed that this tiny modest hotel in Delft was able to employ such an impressive pianist - until I finally realised that it was Gaele playing! I got to know him well in the following years and had the highest respect for him both as a person and for his technical and professional lucidity!
Lianxiang Wang 
We are feeling really sad and shocked by the news of Gaele Rodenhuis’ passing away. Please pass our deep condolence to Gaele’s family. We will always remember his contribution to IAHR development and his friendship to Chinese hydraulic society which began since 2001 during the 29th IAHR Congress. 
Roger Falconer  
I have just read your message about an hour ago and it is a very sad day for IAHR. Gaela was a true inspiration to IAHR members and he did much to inspire us all on Council to bring the labs and industry back into IAHR. We are now trying to pick up on his commitment to involving practitioners in the Association and I hope that together we can achieve some deliverables on this front, which would be a legacy to Gaela.
James E Ball 
I am sorry to hear of the news. From my time as a guest of Council, I saw many areas where Gaele contributed to IAHR. I am sure that we will miss his thoughtful input. Please pass on my condolences to his family.
This is indeed very sad news. Besides his great contributions to IAHR, he was truly a visionary figure in the global water affairs. His demise has come as shock and he will be greatly missed. God bless his soul and may almighty grant patience and peace to his beloved wife.
Etienne Mansard 
I was very saddened to hear the terrible news. Besides Gaele numerous contributions and initiatives within the IAHR, what I remember most is his constructive suggestions during Council meetings to make IAHR a key organisation to address major hydraulic issues. His contributions to IAHR would be very much missed We, his colleagues, will also miss him.
Forrest Holly 
I join all of you in expressing my shock and sadness at Gaele's sudden passing. I will always remember Gaele as one who understood the participation of industrial partners and labs as the lifeblood of IAHR, and worked hard to find ways to keep this presence in a fast-changing industrial and research environment. He gave generously of his time and attention, and was a good friend. I will miss him.
Arturo Marcano 
it is a very sad news to know of Gaele's passing. Please express my feelings of sympathy and consolation to his wife and members of his family.
Nobuyuki Tamai
This is indeed very sad news.ˇˇGaele inspired us all on Council to make IAHR play a more visible role in industry and worldwide funding agencies for water projects. We appreciate Gaele for his commitment to involving practitioners in IAHR activities. I was also impressed by his suggestion on more efforts for financial viability of IAHR in order to create attractive IAHR initiatives for practitioners and industry. 
Ramón Gutiérrez Serret 
Dear collegues: 
For all of us the death of Gaele Rodenhuius is a big shock. I join all IAHR members in our sadness for such loss and I send the IAHR condolences to his family. Gaele has been, for so many time, an important and active IAHR member. We will miss him, but also we will not forget him.
Helmut Kobus
The sad news that Gaele Rodenhuis has passed away so suddenly came as a shock, and I join all colleagues in expressing my deep sorrow and sadness about this big loss. Gaele has been a devoted and esteemed member of our association who has made significant contributions to the development of IAHR over a long time. And he has always been a positive person and friendly partner. We will miss him, and our condolences go to his wife and family.
Zhaoyin wang
I was saddened by the news of passing of Gaele Rodenhuis. Please convey my condolence to his family.


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