George Hanno van Dijk
1944 - 2005
"To the world you are one,
to us you are the world"
my eyes, you will see the world … as it should be.”
Hanno van Dijk’s life took flight in Johannesburg, South
Africa on December 7th, 1944, touched down on April 6th, 2005,
and in his words, his life deserved the quote “mission complete.”
Always a keen learner with an astounding intelligence, he excelled
throughout his school years, even lecturing in Mathematics, Physics
and Electronics in his senior year. In later years he lectured
students at the University of the Witwatersrand passing on not
only his profound knowledge but also his hysterical sense of humour.
Unable to attend a university due to financial limitations, George
started out his working career as a Mining Manager in Jhb. He
built his way up to a position in Electronics Engineering at GE
and finally formed his company, Elektra, manufacturing transformers
for major Jhb companies. As the computer boom struck, George was
in his element as his career took a turn toward computer programming.
Always a natural teacher, George founded a computer school and
spent his final decade teaching computer courses to students of
Throughout his life it was a familiar sight to see him tinkering
around with electrical parts, his inventions and his, sometimes
obsessive, interests – be it CB radio, piano, star-gazing,
studies of ESP, extraterrestials, space videos, classical music,
operas and ballets, technology, and more recently computer technology
… A diverse variety of interests from an extremely inquisitive
mind, his ultimate dream was to explore space and, simply, to
In George’s first marriage to Beverley Rudman, he sired
three children, Andrew, Shirley and Lynette and in his third to
Marlene Goldstone, he sired Catherine, Deborah, and Elizabeth.
They will always affectionately remember him as the “Nutty
Professor” whose interest in invention, exploration and
philosophy was contagious. He instilled a sense of pride, a yearning
to try new things, and an ability to adapt and learn. His quest
in life was to live for the moment and in so doing, he gave all
of himself to his family — his fathering skills simply could
not be surpassed.
The pride and love that George felt for his children and his
grandchildren was reflected in the ultimate joy he displayed in
life. His full-bellied laughter when he heard a joke, his passion
when listening to a piece of music, or the joy of chatting on
the porch whilst soaking up the sun, will be images imprinted
in their minds forever.
From an early age, George had a mischievious and enquiring mind,
always full of fun and continuously inspirational. Until his last,
he had an impish sense of humour accompanied by a heart of the
purest kindness and a very set idea of the world, “as it