Theodorus Engelbertus "Tjerk" Westerterp (born 2 December 1930) is a retired Dutch politician and diplomat of the defunct Catholic People's Party (KVP) now merged into the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) party and businessman.Early lifeWesterterp attended a Gymnasium in Rotterdam from April 1943 until May 1949 and applied at the Radboud University Nijmegen in June 1949 majoring in Political science obtaining a Bachelor of Social Science degree in 1951 before switching to Journalism and graduating with a Master of Arts degree in Journalism in July 1953. Westerterp worked as a journalist and editor for the De Maasbode from June 1949 until July 1953. Westerterp as a civil servant for the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) in Luxembourg City from July 1953 until July 1963.Political careerWesterterp became a Member of the House of Representatives after Gerard Veldkamp was appointed as Minister of Social Affairs and Health in the Cabinet Marijnen after t
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