Duveken Engels has been decorated Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau
Last week, Duveken Engels, member of the Dutch Psychoanalytic Society, has received a royal honour. She has been decorated Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau. This title is conferred to people for outstanding merits. Exceptional in her case is that this distinction has been rewarded her expressly in her quality as psychoanalyst. She has served as such in numerous offices with great commitment; among many other she has been president of the Dutch Society twice. From as early as 1994 on she was actively involved in the setting up and running of a psychoanalytic training program in Rumania, and after that in Lithuania. This work later has been covered by what is now the PIEE. For the EPF she has served a double term as treasurer, from 2003 through to 2009, under three presidencies, of respectively David Tuckett, Evelyne Sechaud, and Peter Wegner. On behalf of the EPF council she was at that time liaison-officer for Eastern Europe, in which position an optimal use could be made of her extensive experience in that region. But more than quantity it is quality that counts, and all colleagues consulted in the course of preparing her this distinction have stated how well Duveken has performed all these duties, with an analytic eye and reflection on all interactions involved.