In Memory: Adriaan van Oosterom

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Rob MacLeod

Apr 29, 2019, 9:59:13 AM4/29/19
Adriaan 2014In Memory: Adriaan van Oosterom 
It is with great sadness that we remember our dear colleague Adriaan van Oosterom, who died Friday afternoon, April 26, in Nijmegen, at the age of 77 with his family by his side. 
With his passion and his intellect, Adriaan has left an indelible mark on the field of bioelectricity. He was greatly appreciated and admired by his colleagues all over the world. Young investigators will remember their first encounter with Adriaan, when he fired sharp questions at them after their presentation at a conference. During the break, Adriaan would seek them out and show his keen interest in and appreciation for their ideas and conclusions. Adriaan could be very direct (even for a Dutchman),  sometimes caught people unawares.  But he was also very open, had a keen sense of fairness, and never hesitated to support his fellow scientists. His PhD students could drop into his office at almost any time; immediately, he would drop whatever he was doing and immerse them in scientific discussions. It is no surprise that his students have carried his tradition of rigor and scientific and personal integrity.
Adriaan also played a large role in the International Society of Electrocardiology; he was the President of the Society from 2009-11 and an International Council member for many years.  He was the chair of the 1995 edition of the ICE, which he hosted in his home town of Nijmegen, even though he was recovering from his first fight with the cancer that eventually overwhelmed him.  He always pushed for improvement and for an active and engaged Council; he always led by example.  

I have attached a couple more photos of Adriaan from our conference in 2015 and another with a couple of our team that you will recognize. 

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Apr 30, 2019, 5:22:24 AM4/30/19
Dear All,

I am very disheartened to know about the death of Prof. Adriaan van Oosterom. What a painful loss for our research community!

He was for us a senior colleague, a standard of scientific integrity, an example of enthusiasm for scientific research. His pioneering work will go a long way in benefiting the future generations.

We will not meet him at conferences anymore, we will not hear his witty questions... We will miss him a great deal.

My colleagues join me in sending their deepest condolences.

May the departed soul rest in peace,

Vitaly Kalinin.
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