It is with deep regret that I have to announce here the passing away of the Chief of the Technical Staff of the Rijksherbarium, WABE WIERINGA, at the age of 60 years. Born at Rauwerd, in the north of the Netherlands, in the province of Friesland, he was a genuine Frisian, of the Nordic race, possessing its good qualities, tall, strong, honest, devoted to work, and diligent in organizing. Always ready for a joke or a laugh he was a most pleasant man to meet and to have on the staff, praised by his directors and scientific staff members and respected and trusted by his own personnel whom he would always shield and whose interests he would always keep at heart. I am very certain that the many visiting scientists he met in his long term of service will have a similar memory of his personality in solliciting his help with their work in our collections.