Charles van Rooy
Charles van Rooy 1960 (1).jpg
Charles van Rooy in 1960
Queen's Commissioner of Limburg
In office
1 January 1964 – 1 February 1977
Preceded byFrans Houben
Succeeded bySjeng Kremers
Mayor of Heerlen
In office
16 January 1962 – 1 January 1964
Preceded byMarcel van Grunsven
Succeeded byFrans Gijzels
Minister of Social Affairs and Health
In office
19 May 1959 – 3 July 1961
Prime MinisterJan de Quay
Preceded byLouis Beel
Succeeded byVictor Marijnen (Ad interim)
Mayor of Eindhoven
In office
1 May 1957 – 19 May 1959
Preceded byHans Kolfschoten
Succeeded byHerman Witte
Mayor of Venlo
In office
1 May 1952 – 1 May 1957
Preceded byBernard Berger
Succeeded byLeonard de Gou
Mayor of Etten-Leur
In office
16 December 1945 – 1 May 1952
Preceded byWillem Weijers (Ad interim)
Succeeded byJan Godwaldt
Mayor of Hontenisse
In office
1 November 1944 – 16 December 1945
Preceded byCornelis van der Pijl (Ad interim)
Succeeded byCamille van Hootegem
In office
15 November 1939 – 22 January 1944
Preceded byRobert Lambooij
Succeeded byCornelis van der Pijl (Ad interim)
Personal details
Charles Joan Marie Adriaan van Rooy

(1912-01-23)23 January 1912
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died1 August 1996(1996-08-01) (aged 84)
Hilversum, Netherlands
Political partyChristian Democratic Appeal
(from 1980)
Other political
Catholic People's Party
(until 1980)
Marie Müller
(m. 1939)
ChildrenYvonne van Rooy (born 1951)
Alma materRadboud University Nijmegen
(Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws)
Maastricht University
(Bachelor of Public Administration, Master of Public Administration, Doctor of Philosophy)
OccupationPolitician · Civil servant · Jurist · Nonprofit director

Charles Joan Marie Adriaan van Rooy (23 January 1912 – 1 August 1996) was a Dutch politician of the defunct Catholic People's Party (KVP), which is now merged into the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA).

He started his career as the mayor of Hontenisse on 15 November 1939, on 22 January 1944 he was fired by the Germans and went into hiding. After Hontenisse was freed, he became mayor again in November 1944 till 16 December 1945. Subsequently he became mayor of Etten-Leur (16 December 1945 – 1 May 1952), Venlo (1 May 1952 – 1 May 1957), and Eindhoven (1 May 1957 – 19 May 1959). From 19 May 1959 he served as the Minister of Social Affairs and Health under the catholic prime minister Jan de Quay, his friendship with De Quay was probably one of the reasons he unexpectedly became minister. His career as a minister ended after only two years (3 July 1961), after his child benefit plans were met with great criticism. His continued his political career as mayor of Heerlen (16 January 1962 – 1 January 1964) and ended it as governor of Limburg (1 January 1964 – 1 February 1977).


Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
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Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion Netherlands 1 October 1961
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Grand Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 1 February 1977 Elevated from Officer (30 April 1954)


Political offices Preceded byRobert Lambooij Mayor of Hontenisse 1939–1944 1944–1945 Succeeded byCornelis van der Pijl Ad interim Preceded byCornelis van der Pijl Ad interim Succeeded byCamille van Hootegem Preceded byWillem Weijers Ad interim Mayor of Etten-Leur 1945–1952 Succeeded byJan Godwaldt Preceded byBernard Berger Mayor of Venlo 1952–1957 Succeeded byLeonard de Gou Preceded byHans Kolfschoten Mayor of Eindhoven 1957–1959 Succeeded byHerman Witte Preceded byLouis Beel Minister of Social Affairs and Health 1959–1961 Succeeded byVictor Marijnen Ad interim Preceded byMarcel van Grunsven Mayor of Heerlen 1962–1964 Succeeded byFrans Gijzels Preceded byFrans Houben Queen's Commissioner of Limburg 1964–1977 Succeeded bySjeng Kremers