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Gerard Helders

Dutch politician

Died when: 107 years 303 days
Star Sign: Pisces


Gerard Helders Gerardus Philippus "Gerard" Helders (9 March 1905 – 6 January 2013) was a Dutch politician and diplomat of the defunct Christian Historical Union (CHU) party now merged into the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party and jurist. Helders applied at the Leiden University in June 1925 majoring in Law and obtaining an Bachelor of Laws degree in July 1927 before graduating with an Master of Laws degree in July 1929. Helders worked as a paralegal for a law firm in Rotterdam from July 1929 until February 1931 Helders worked as a civil servant for the Ministry of Colonial Affairs in Batavia in the Dutch East Indies from February 1931 until April 1936 and as a senior tax collector in Bandung from April 1936 until May 1941 and as chief tax collector in Batavia from May 1941 until March 1942. Helders also served in the military reserve force of the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army as a Major and was in service during the Dutch East Indies campaign. On 8 March 1942 Helders was captured following the Battle of Borneo and detained in the Japanese internment camp Kampong Makassar and was detained until September 1945. Following the end of World War II Helders moved back to the Netherlands and worked as a civil servant for the Ministry of Finance from December 1945 until February 1948 as Deputy Director-General of the department for Legal Affairs from June 1946 until April 1947 and as Director-General of the department for Legal Affairs from April 1947 until February 1948. In January 1948 Bakker was nominated as CFO of the Nationale Handelsbank serving from 1 February 1948 until 1 January 1949 when he was nominated as CEO of the Nationale Handelsbank. After the election of 1956 Helders was appointed as Minister of Colonial Affairs in the Cabinet Drees III, taking office on 16 February 1957. The Cabinet Drees III fell on 11 December 1958 and continued to serve in a demissionary capacity until it was replaced by the caretaker Cabinet Beel II with Helders continuing as Minister of Colonial Affairs, taking office on 22 December 1958. Following the cabinet formation of 1959 Helders was not giving a cabinet post in the new cabinet, the Cabinet Beel II was replaced by the Cabinet De Quay on 19 May 1959. In July 1959 Helders was nominated as Member of the Council of State, serving from 1 August 1959 until 1 September 1975. Helders also became active in the private sector and public sector and occupied numerous seats as a corporate director and nonprofit director on several boards of directors and supervisory boards and served on several state commissions and as an diplomat and lobbyist for several economic delegations on behalf of the government.
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