Farewell to the Wael

The previous blog was an In memoriam for Pico who dies in August 1987. Here on the left Tera on a photo, early 1988, in front of the Wael. After Pico’s death, Tera decides, probably in consultation with Rinus de Bruijn, whom she has already appointed as executor of her will, and her niece Mien …

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Old age comes with defects

In the previous blog we saw how Tera remains fully active within the Zeeland Society, within the Malacological Association and in Domburg. She enjoys the garden and keeps in touch with everyone. In 1977 there is a big hitch when Tera suffers a cerebral hemorrhage. She is now 78 years old. She temporarily lost her …

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Missus Garden

In the previous blog I told you about my own childhood memories, including the large garden and the tea house. The garden, or “missuses little garden”, as Labruyere, the gardener called it, is Tera’s delight  on De Wael. In Amsterdam she had always lived in an apartment and had to make do with a balcony, …

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Childhood Memories

In the previous blog we read how Pico and Tera settled at the Wael in Domburg. My first memories of the house in Domburg date back to 1967, at least that date is in the guest book. The gravel in the forecourt. The stately door and then that very large hall. With a table  completely …

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The club

In the previous blog we saw Tera and Pico moving permanently to De Wael and continue their work there. They become active in the Zeeland Society of Sciences and gather friends around them. In 1965, the Zeeuws Genootschap (Society of Science) conceived the plan to write a Zeeland encyclopedia. Both Pico and Tera will be …

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De Wael

In the previous blog we saw Tera retiring and receiving an honorary doctorate. The last words of her farewell speech are: I now close a door behind me, but at the same time a new window opens with a view of what a French poet once called: “Le charme de la retraite”. With the memory …

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Retirement

On February 6, 1964, Tera turns sixty-five and is allowed to retire. She waits till the end of that year to actually do so. Her colleagues Stok and  Coomans and also her boss, Engel, are trying to obtain an honorary doctorate for her. First in Amsterdam itself, but the university board has the policy of …

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Officer

In the previous blog we described Tera as a valued colleague. In this blog, that appreciation  results into an official royal award. On Friday the 15th of September 1961, there is a celebration. Tera has officially been employed by the museum for 40 years. Although she started in 1920, she was just a replacement and …

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A well appreciated colleague

In the previous blog we read about Tera’s travels abroad. She is now, after the war, a valued older colleague at the museum. Internationally recognized as a scientist and an expert when it comes to the ins and outs of the museum. She supervises students, publishes articles and shows people around in the collection. Albertine …

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