TRIBUTE, JAAP TUINMAN
TRIBUTE: JAAP TUINMAN - CELEBRATION OF LIFE
A CELEBRATION OF LIFE
WHEN: Friday, September 25th, 2015,
TIME: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
LOCATION: Diamond Alumni Centre, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC.
It is with great sadness that we convey to you the passing of Dr. Jacob Jaap Tuinman, born in 1941, passed away peacefully on August 22nd, with Francine Frisson, his wife of 25 years, by his side.
He also leaves behind his sons Jaap (Charlotte) and Bryan (Melody), and grandchildren Kai and Liron. Jaap is survived by his brothers Tiem and Jan, and sisters Fenny and Janneke and their families and also by Synja, his sons’ mother.
LIFE IN THE FACULTY OF EDUCATION
Jaap served as the Director of Graduate Programs from 1981 to 1982, and as the Dean for the Faculty of Education from February 1, 1985 to March 31, 1992. During this time, The Institute for Studies in Teacher Education (ISTE) was inaugurated by Jaap in 1990, with its first Director Dr. Marvin Wideen, its aim to promote and carry out research in the area of teacher education. Jaap also served as the Vice President and Pro Vice Chancellor at Memorial University of Newfoundland from 1991 to 1998, and was the CEO and President of the BC Open University and Open Learning Agency from 1998 to 2002. Shortly after, Jaap served as the UNESCO Chair in Open and Distance Learning at the University of Botswana, but resumed work with us at SFU as an adjunct professor in the EdD Program from November 2007 to October 2012.
A life-long educator, Jaap dedicated himself to over 40 years of dynamic contributions to educational agendas as teacher, administrator, in governance at all levels of education: public school, college and university; as author, as consultant to educational publishers, to institutions and governments; as a contributor to forward-looking educational developments in traditional and distance/open education environments.
FOLLOWING HIS PASSIONS
Born in Genemuiden, Holland, Jaap travelled the world. His career and passions took him from Holland, to Surinam, to the US and then to Canada, from BC (serving as Dean of Education at Simon Fraser University) to Newfoundland (Vice-President Academic and Pro-Vice Chancellor at Memorial University of Newfoundland), back to BC (President, Open Learning Agency), and then to Gaborone Botswana, where he served as the UNESCO Chair in Open and Distance Learning, finally retiring to Nanaimo in 2007 amidst the nature and animals he loved.
Special mention to our close friend Sarah, whose compassion, support, and kindness to Jaap and the family meant the world to us all during his struggle with dementia. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or to the SPCA in Jaap’s name.