Dirk Stikker

politician and badminton player (1897-1979)

Dirk Uipko Stikker, GBE, GCVO (5 February 1897 – 23 December 1979) was a Dutch banker, industrialist, politician, and diplomat.

Dirk Stikker
Dirk Stikker in 1964
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
7 August 1948 – 2 September 1952
Preceded byPim van Boetzelaer van Oosterhout
Succeeded byJan Willem Beyen
3rd Secretary General of the NATO
In office
21 April 1961 – 1 August 1964
Preceded byPaul-Henri Spaak
Succeeded byManlio Brosio
Personal details
Born(1897-02-05)5 February 1897
Winschoten, Netherlands
Died23 December 1979(1979-12-23) (aged 82)
Wassenaar, Netherlands
Political partyFreedom Party (PvdV), People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD)

In 1945, he was among the organizers of the Stichting van de Arbeid (Dutch Labour Foundation), thus helping to lay the foundation of post-war collective bargaining in the Netherlands.

Stikker served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1948 to 1952 and as the third Secretary General of NATO from 1961 to 1964.

In 1964, Stikker was awarded an honorary doctorate by Brown University. He died in Wassenaar in 1979, aged 82.

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