It is with great sadness that we learned that our founding chairman, Mr Max Osterrieth, passed away on April 13th, after an active life dedicated to his family and good causes. One of these was our NTAB, of which he was a founding father, together with his good friend Tom Burr. They both enthusiastically promoted the idea of creating a NT supporters’ group and it was from their cri de coeur that our NTAB sprang to life.
Max’s strong commitment and motivation explain the NTAB’s immediate success. As one of the NTAB’s founding fathers, he became our first chairman and thus it was Max who gave our association its solid foundations and extraordinary spirit which very much lives on today. As I wrote in my letter to him on the occasion of his leaving the NTAB Committee, Max was ‘an able captain, steering the NTAB to the open sea where it could deploy its full potential with confidence and steadiness’.
We will all remain very grateful for the inspiration, enthusiasm and wisdom Max passed on to our members and to our association as a whole.
He will be remembered by all of us as a wonderful person and an inspiring chairman.
On behalf of the National Trust Association Belgium, we express our sincere condolences to Max’s wife Evelyn and the families Osterrieth and Meinertzhagen.