Frits Philips

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Frederik Jacques "Frits" Philips (Eindhoven, the Netherlands, April 16, 1905 – Eindhoven, December 5, 2005) was the fourth chairman of the board of directors of his family's business, the Dutch electronics company Philips.


Frits Philips was born in the city of Eindhoven in the south of the Netherlands. He was the only son of Anton Philips and wife Anne Henriëtte Elisabeth Maria de Jongh, as well as the nephew of Gerard Philips, who started the Philips company. Frits had one older sister named Annetje and a younger sister named Jettie. His grand-father Frederik Philips was a first cousin of Karl Marx.

In 1923, he started his studies at the Delft University of Technology; he received an engineer's degree in mechanical engineering in 1929. He was introduced to the Oxford Group in 1934, the Christian movement that was the forerunner of Moral Re-Armament(MRA) and Initiatives of Change (IofC).

His own autobiography shows how much this became a life-long source of inspiration to him and his wife. On July 4, 1929 in The Hague, he married Sylvia, Jonkheerin van Lennep (The Hague, December 16, 1905 – Eindhoven, August 29, 1992), daughter of ..., Jonkheer van Lennep (Wiesbaden, October 3, 1876 – The Hague, September 13, 1951), and wife Digna Jacoba Mijer (b. Batavia, March 28, 1883). The couple had 7 children: Digna (b. September 14, 1930), Anton Frederik (b. March 12, 1932), Anne Jetje (Annejet) (b. October 14, 1933), Sylvia (b. December 6, 1936), Warner,......
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