Joop H. Kraay
Honorary member of ICTCT
outstanding researcher & friend
I dare to express the feelings of all members and fans of ICTCT—we will miss you a lot. Every time we are celebrating, we will include a deep and warm-hearted toast for you.
Our thoughts are with our great supporter Greet and with Roel and Vivian.
Thank you, Joop.
Time had not stayed still and Joop is gone, but I can see from his photograph that he has remained the same until the end: a deep-feeling and warm-hearted human being, open to others, enjoying life, often experimenting with life, and true to his friends.
It is not surprising that such a person should choose road safety as a main field of professional action: you don’t make a carrier, but it is all about saving lives and enhancing human factors in our environment. As I remember it, Joop was the first sociologist to publish article on road accidents, back in the early 70s, in the pioneering stages of traffic safety research. At the time I thought (surely because I’m an engineer) that this guy had a different logic, but I translated two of his papers in French for my colleagues to read them. When I finally met Joop through ICTCT, I did not change my mind about his logic but found it as challenging as in his papers!
Joop professionally contributed a lot to ICTCT, both by developing the first Dutch Traffic Conflict Technique and by taking part in so many workshops and lively discussions. As an early ICTCT member, he also played a great part in forming the spirit and the atmosphere which make ICTCT a friendly place where cooperative work can develop in a joyful and caring environment. Joop himself was directy behind a number of joyful events from fishing in Norway to night-long excursions of the old harbour of Copenhagen!
Joop is gone but he is unforgettable. As all his friends and colleagues (I’m sure) I feel deeply sad. But somehow, just thinking of him warms me up. We are very lucky to meet such people as him in our lives.