OBITUARY JACOBUS van de KREEKE
The below obituary will later appear in the Journal of Coastal Research
This version has been presented on the occasion of the Celebration of Co’s Celebration of Life Monday, Miami Yacht Club, Florida, USA, May 22 at 6:30 PM.
The Dutch Coastal Research Community is very sorry to have been informed that Professor Co van de Kreeke is deceased on May 4, 2023 at the age of 87 years in his homestead in Miami, USA. Co was one of the Dutch pioneering young researchers that in the early 1960s took up the challenge to get further educated in what was then the center of coastal research excellence, viz. University of Gainesville in Florida. He later joined the University of Miami to further develop his particular field, tidal inlet stability and its physical processes, many years later culminating in the book on tidal hydro-and morphodynamics. Interestingly, while further developing his Northern American research network, Co always kept a close contact with his Dutch research roots developing a parallel research network in the Netherlands. He was a passionate, inspiring researcher and an excellent teacher. Many of us have been deeply influenced by his exceptional physical intuition, broad vision and warm and supporting personality. Co leaves a great legacy in physical oceanography through his scientific work, through his undergraduate and graduate students, and through his leadership in national and international scientific organisations, such as co-founding the Physics of Estuaries and Coastal Seas (PECS) conferenties and community. As he matured into a perfect teacher he aided the Dutch researchers in their pursuit of reaching success in his field “Stability of Coastal Inlets”. Delft University of Technology, Deltares and The Netherlands Centre for Coastal Research are national organizations that owe to him for his great support. He will be sadly and greatly missed.
Marcel Stive, Ad Reniers, Ronald Brouwer, Edwin Elias, Anneke Hibma, Henk Schuttelaars, Zheng Bing Wang, Han Winterwerp, Tjerk Zitman