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Cornelis J. Koos' Jansen, World Bank economist, dies at 83

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cornelis J. "Koos" Jansen, 83, a World Bank economist who retired in 1988 as chief of the bank's country program review and creditworthiness division, died Aug. 8 of lung cancer at Goodwin House in Alexandria.

Mr. Jansen joined the World Bank in 1962 and served as an economist in the Far East division and as a senior economist in the West Africa and South Asia regions.

In retirement, he was a consultant for the World Bank, the Dutch government and the United Nations.

Cornelis Jacobus Jansen was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and graduated from the Netherlands School of Economics. He joined the Netherlands Economic Institute and in the late 1950s worked with the United Nations and the government of Ceylon -- now Sri Lanka -- on economic development projects.

Mr. Jansen enjoyed oil painting. He also volunteered with Amnesty International as an advocate for victims of torture.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Petronella "Nell" LensJansen of Alexandria; six children, Marianne Rollinson of Portland, Ore., Cornelius Jansen of Livermore, Calif., Nicholas Jansen of Potomac Falls, Jessica Lynch of Shoreham, Vt., Jacinta Brennan of Milford, N.Y., and Saskia Cromley of Alexandria; five sisters; two brothers; and 19 grandchildren.

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