1905 - 2005 (100 years)
Has 32 ancestors and 11 descendants in this family tree.
||Frederik Jacques Philips |
|Relationship||with Francis Fox|
||16 Apr 1905
||Eindhoven, NBr, NL
||6 Dec 2005
||Eindhoven, NBr, NL
||21 Feb 2007 |
||Dr. Anton Frederik Philips, b. 14 Mar 1874, Zaltbommel, Gld, NL , d. 7 Oct 1951, Eindhoven, NBr, NL (Age 77 years) |
||Anna Henriëtte Elisabeth Maria de Jongh, b. 1878, Amersfoort, Ut, NL , d. 1970, Eindhoven, NBr, NL (Age 92 years) |
||2 siblings |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||Sylvia van Lennep, b. 16 Dec 1905, 's-Gravenhage, ZH, NL , d. 29 Aug 1992, Eindhoven, NBr, NL (Age 86 years) |
||4 Jul 1929
||8 Dec 2005 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
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Militaire dienst Artillerie-inrichting Hembrug 1929-1930; bedrijfsleider (1930-1936), onderdirecteur (1936-1939), directeur (1939-1946), vice-voorzitter Presidium van de Raad van Bestuur (1946-1961), president (1961-1971), voorzitter en gedelegeerd lid Raad van Commissarissen 1971-1977 en voorzitter Raad van Beheer 1977-1980 van Philips' Gloeilampenfabriek NV.
HBS te Eindhoven tot 1923; Technische Hogeschool Delft 1923-1929; diploma als werktuigbouwkundig Ingenieur; eredoctoraten Toegepaste Wetenschappen van de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven en Taiwan; Philosophy van de Chinese Academy Taipeh.
Functies in het bedrijfsleven
Voorzitter Eindhovensche Fabrikantenkring 1944-1978; voorzitter Commissie van de Brabantse Kamers van Koophandel ter Bestudering van de mogelijkheden van een grote luchthaven in West-Brabant 1969-1989; lid Dagelijks Bestuur Nederlands Verbond van Werkgevers; lid Mijnraad; member Board of Stirling Thermal Motors Inc. Ann Arbor USA; lid bestuur NVW; lid bestuur CSWV; vice-voorzitter van de Stichting van de Arbeid; commissaris van Ford Nederland; president-commissaris van de Atlantic Development Company for Latin America.
Lid Commissie Totstandkoming van de Technische Universiteit Eindhoven; voorzitter Bestuur Technische School Eindhoven; lid en voorzitter Adviesraad van de Militaire Productie (Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Defensie.
* 1891--1922: Gerard Philips
* 1922--1939: Anton Philips
* 1939--1961: Frans Otten
* 1961--1971: Frits Philips
* 1971--1977: Henk van Riemsdijk
* 1977--1981: Nico Rodenburg
* 1982--1986: Wisse Dekker
* 1986--1990: Cornelis Van der Klugt
* 1990--1996: Jan Timmer
* 1996--2001: Cor Boonstra
* 2001 to date: Gerard Kleisterlee
Frits Philips was born in the city of Eindhoven in the south of the Netherlands. He was the only son of Anton Philips and Anna de Jongh. Frits had one older sister named Annetje and a younger sister named Jettie. In 1923 , he started his studies at the Delft University of Technology; he received a degree in mechanical engineering in 1929 . On July 4, 1929, he married Sylvia van Lennep. The couple had 7 children: Digna (b. 14 September 1930 ), Anton Frederik (b. march 1932), Annejet (b. 1933), Sylvia, Warner, Frits and Maria. On 18 October 1935 he was appointed vice-director and member of the board of Philips.
During the occupation of the Netherlands by nazi Germany in World War II , Frans Otten and Anton Philips , the other managers in the company, fled to Great Britain. Frits, however, stayed in the Netherlands. From May 30 until September 20, 1943, he was contained in the concentration camp Vught because of a strike at the Philips factory.
During the occupation, Frits saved the lives of 382 Jews by indicating to the nazis that they were indispensable for the production process at Philips. In 1996, he was awarded the Yad Vashem reward by the Israeli ambassador for his actions
In 1961, he succeeded Frans Otten as president of Philips. He kept the position for 10 years; in 1971 he was succeeded by Henk van Riemsdijk.
At the age of hundred, on December 5, he died from complications resulting from a fall in November
Frits Philips was immensely popular in Eindhoven. The citizens of Eindhoven commonly reffered to him as "Meneer Frits" (Mister Frits)  <http://www.eindhovensdagblad.nl/regioportal/ED/1,1478,15614-voorpaginafritsphilips-Dossiers!Regio!,00.html>
Frits made no class difference between factory workers and members of the board of directors: he was often seen chatting to the factory workers, which contributed to his popularity.
His hundredth birthday in 2005 was celebrated on a large scale in his home city of Eindhoven. For this occasion a special coin was minted which bears the nickname "Fritske".
Even at the age of hundred, Frits Philips frequently visited the home soccer matches of PSV . Frits didn't use the stadium's business lounge, instead he seated in the crowd - section D, row 22, seat 43. The administration of PSV has announced that this seat will remain empty as a memorial for their faithful supporter.
In 1966 the company Philips celebrated its 75th anniversary. For this occasion, Frits Philips wanted to give the people a beautiful and educational gift. The result was a building named Evoluon , based on a sketch Frits made on a paper napkin. The Evoluon was an educational centre for science and technology.
In 1989 the Evoluon was closed for public and converted to a conference centre, much to the regret of Frits. In the last years of his life, Frits Philips tried to raise interest to restore the Evoluon in its former glory and to give the building back to the people of Eindhoven.
Awards and honours
Frits Philips has received many honorary titles and awards during his life. In 1965 he received honorary citizenship of the city of Eindhoven for his "exceptional contributions to the welfare of the citizens of Eindhoven". Also in 1965, Frits was included in the Dutch royal ranks of Orange Nassau (rank commander in the order of Orange Nassau). In 1970 he was knighted as Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion. He has also received honourary titles in many countries, including Japan , Spain , Denmark and China .  <http://www.fritsphilips100.nl/onderscheid.htm>.
On the occasion of his 90th birthday in 1995 , the Frits Philips Muziekcentrum (Frits Philips Music hall) was named after him. In 1996 , he was honoured as "righteous among the nations" by Yad Vashem , for saving the lives of 382 Jewish employees of Philips. In 1999 , he was named "Dutch entrepreneur of the century" <http://www.trouw.nl/novumnieuws/binnenland/article43404.ece/Frits+Philips+(100)+overleden>
"Frits Philips celebrates 100th birthday" <http://www.newscenter.philips.com/about/news/section-13674/article-14959.html>, Philips Newscenter, April 15, 2005
"Frits Philips (100) overleden" <http://www.trouw.nl/novumnieuws/binnenland/article43404.ece/Frits+Philips+(100)+overleden>, Trouw, December 6, 2005
"Frits Philips overleden" <http://www.volkskrant.nl/economie/1133848645533.html>, Volkskrant, December 6, 2005
"Dossier Frits Philips 100 jaar" <http://www.eindhovensdagblad.nl/regioportal/ED/1,1478,15614-voorpaginafritsphilips-Dossiers!Regio!,00.html>, Eindhovens Dagblad, April 2005
"Frits Philips rewards and decorations" <http://www.fritsphilips100.nl/onderscheid.htm>, 100 years Frits Philips website
Books and biographies
ISBN 90-76501-04-1 Meneer Frits, the human factor, dr ir F J Philips, by Dorothée F. Foole (in both English and Dutch languages)
ISBN 90-59940-84-9 Frits Philips 100 by Guus Bekooy (in Dutch language)
ISBN 90-501-8612-2 Ze zullen weten wie ze voor zich hebben by Marcel Metze (in Dutch language)
ISBN 0-7137-0931-6 45 Years with Philips by Frederik Philips (in both English and Dutch languages)
Biography <http://angel.regioportals.nl/ed/projecten/FRITS_PHILIPS/frits_philips.pdf> as published in the Eindhovens Dagblad (Eindhoven Daily) newspaper.
100th anniversary website <http://www.fritsphilips100.nl/>
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