On February 3 2022,IUBAT lost a good friend. Gerard visited Bangladesh several many times, supporting Rotary Club activities as well as contributing to development of administrative systems at IUBAT. In his working life, Gerard was a member of the Executive Board of Tilburg University and Director of the Academy of Journalism, Fontys Tilburg. Personally, he was deeply committed to study of Christianity and Islam, and supported many global development initiatives especially in Bangladesh. He will be remembered for the many lives touched by his good works at IUBAT, Rotary and elsewhere in the world.