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Queen’s ‘lintjesregen’ honours Dutch Americans and Canadians

Decorations for six North Americans

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LANGLEY, BC - In the annual mass Honour Roll (in Dutch known as Lintjesregen: rain of decorations) on the occasion of Queen’s Day, on April 30, six North Americans were among the more than threethousand people decorated with various orders. One of them, Professor Ruud A.F. Krom, received the highest honour bestowed this year: Commander in the Order of the Netherlands Lion.

Mr. Krom holds U.S. citizenship and is an authority in the field of liver transplants. The Utrecht and Leiden educated Dutch-born physician now is attached to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Appointed a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion is Dutch Professor P. van Nieuwenhuizen, a renowned astronomer working at the State University of New York.

Named Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau is U.S. philantropist R.R. Sackler of Stanford, Connecticut. He is joined by newly appointed knights Dutch American M. van Hengel, the former Chair of the Netherlands America Foundation, and Martin A. Mol, a community activist in the Toronto area, and among others, a former vice-president of the Canadian Netherlands Business and Professional Association.

Dutch Canadian C.P.B. Kruter, chairman of the Hamilton chapter of the Bond van Wapenbroeders was named Member of the Order of Oranje-Nassau.