Mr A.J.M. (Ton) Hoek, 1955-2012, FIP CEO and General Secretary

Reference: President of WPPF – Mr. John Ware

IMAG0063Mr A.J.M. (Ton) Hoek, 1955-2012, FIP CEO and General Secretary

It is with the deepest regret and sadness that we must inform you of the death of our colleague and friend, Mr A.J.M. (Ton) Hoek, CEO of FIP. Mr Hoek passed away Saturday 28 July after a short but courageous battle with cancer.

Mr Hoek took the role of FIP in 1999 and since that time brought the Federation to entirely new levels of development and accomplishments, especially in solidifying key global partnerships like that with the World Health Organization (WHO) and in incorporating FIP as a Founding Partner in the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA). His efforts in extending FIP’s outreach and impact not only elevated FIP to the position of an influential global stakeholder in medicines and health, but raised the image of the pharmacist as a healthcare provider around the world. Mr Ton Hoek was named an Officer in the Order of OrangeNassau, a royal declaration bestowed by the Queen of the Netherlands, only this month and may be seen in our website news.


The funeral of Mr Hoek will take place in the Netherlands on Friday 3 August.


The President and Executive Committee of the Western Pacific Pharmaceutical Forum, on behalf of all pharmacists in the region, extend their sympathy to his wife, Wijnandien and family, the President, Michel Buchmann and staff of FIP who have worked so closely with him in achieving the current international status of FIP.  We are sure the success of the Centennial Congress in Amsterdam will be a fitting memorial to his dedication.


John Ware OAM