March 1, 2016
Dr. Doeke Faber
Dr. Doeke Faber

Former AIPH president dies

Dr. Doeke Faber, president of the international Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) from 2003-2012, died Jan. 4, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. A veteran horticultural lobbyist, Faber was also the chairman of the Dutch Association of Flower Auctions.

Current AIPH president Bernard Oosterom said, “Doeke Faber used his passion for the horticulture industry and his leadership and diplomatic skills to bring together grower associations from around the world. He was particularly effective at stimulating interest in international horticulture exhibitions in Asia and helped in guiding cities in China, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, South Korea and Turkey to produce world-class exhibitions that raised the profile and importance of horticulture in those countries. He worked tirelessly for the greater good of the global industry and earned the respect and gratitude of industry representatives across the globe. He helped to build AIPH into a robust organization and laid foundations that we continue to build on today. AIPH and the industry as a whole will miss him very much and our sympathies are with his wife and family as they deal with this sad time.”