Hanoverians mourn passing of Henry Van Leeuwen

The Hanover College community mourns after the passing of Henrik Garritt “Henry” Van Leeuwen, professor emeritus of philosophy. He died Feb. 17, 2022, in Indianapolis, Ind.

A memorial service for Van Leeuwen will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 19, at the Hanover Presbyterian Church. Rev. J. David Cassel, professor emeritus of theological studies, will preside.

Professor Henry Van Leeuwen
Henry Van Leeuwen

Van Leeuwen was born May 29, 1928, in Hynes, Calif. He graduated from Bellflower Christian (Calif.) School in 1946. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Central College (1950), master’s degree at the University of California-Berkeley (1951) and a doctoral degree at the University of Iowa (1961).

From 1954-55, Van Leeuwen served as an instructor of philosophy at Central College. He was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Iowa from 1955-57. He joined Hanover’s faculty in 1958 as Holliday Chair of Philosophy and held the post until retiring in 1996.

He was a member of the American Philosophical Association, Indiana Philosophical Association and American Association of University Professors. He also published two books and several articles relating to 17th-century British skepticism.

Van Leeuwen served the Hanover Presbyterian Church as a member of the Board of Deacons, Board of Elders and numerous committees. He also volunteered as a local Cub Scout leader and worked with Habitat for Humanity and the House of Hope.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerrit and Jacoba Van Leeuwen; wife, Marie Arlene Van Hal Van Leeuwen; brother, Cornelius Van Leeuwen; and sisters, Adrianna Uttecht and Neelje Payton.

Van Leeuwen is survived by his daughter, Jacalyn Beth Wollenberg and her husband, Mark; two sons, Martin Henry Van Leeuwen and his wife, Debra, and Robert Alan Van Leeuwen and his wife, Sara; sister, Jennie Hutchison; sister-in-law, Joan Van Hal; and two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.