Born in Brussels (Belgium) on Wednesday June 18, 1930
Deceased in Strombeek-Bever (Belgium) on Wednesday September 22, 2010
Honorary General Manager of CEBELOR
Belgian Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics
Honorary President of INTERBOR
International Association of Orthotics and Prosthetics
Recipient of several honours
1948 Upper secondary school Diploma.
1949 Apprenticeship in Richard & Van Rolleghem Orthopedic Company.
1957 Certification as CPO and starting as Co-Manager in his father’s Company.
Co-Founder and Secretary General of the Belgium National Prosthetists and Orthotists Association "B.B.O.T.", he creates and negotiates the first Nomenclature and the first Convention with the government.
1958 Co-founder of Interbor (International Professional Association) which aim is to structure the socio-economic aspects of the Prosthetics and Orthotics profession. For several years Jacques is in charge of the Presidency of this international organization.
1973 Once again as a pioneer Jacques takes a large part in the creation of ISPO Belgium (International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics). This structure aims at scientific exchanges and improvement of P&O education for the benefit of the disabled people.
1984 Jacques is involved in different organizations: “Terre des Hommes” - “Handicap International” - “Red Cross”...
He organizes and takes part in many projects in different African countries like Morocco, Algeria, Senegal, Ethiopia ... The goal of these expeditions is to bring to patients and disabled people Prosthetic & Orthotic technology and treatments.
1989 Jacques takes-over different orthopedic Companies in Belgium, and becomes the Managing Director of 180 workers, employees and CPO’s.
1991 He sells the shares of CEBELOR to LIC Sweden.
1992 He is appointed as international marketing manager of LIC-CEBELOR. This position gives him the opportunity of many connections and contacts all over the world.
1993 Jacques leaves the LIC-CEBELOR at the age of 63 years. But this retirement is very active as he keeps being very busy in different domains in the orthopedic field, Orthopedic technology is his life, day and night.
At this time Jacques starts:
These meetings, organizations, “platforms”, are as many opportunities for doctors, paramedics, bandagists, prosthetists, Orthotists and orthopedic Shoe-makers, to get together, to exchange, develop and spread new technologies, innovative treatments and work philosophy. They are also times for professionals of different ages, and from all races or culture to meet together.
As the initiator of these meetings and exchanges, Jacques was a much appreciated personality:
« Papa Jack » as the Americans call him ….
The Foundation “Jacques Van Rolleghem” (FJVR) has been created some years ago by several Belgian CPO’s
The FJVR’s goal is to complement young graduates’ knowledge and training in medical, scientific, administrative or technical disciplines linked to prosthetic and orthotic devices and treatments for disabled people.
Study grants, loans, subsidies or prizes, (both for research and practical implementation) may be distributed by the FJVR.
The FJVR may also contribute, with all possible resources, to the improvement of the education standards, researches and practical applications in the mentioned disciplines.
Jacques Van Rolleghem leaves to the FJVR his professional books, all the information resources that he gathered and the documentation collected all along his life.
In the very next future the FJVR will set up a Library named “Jacques Van Rolleghem” in collaboration with ISEK High School in Brussels,
Jacques is no more here, but for generations of P&O-not only in Belgium but all over the world- he is still a reference and an example of professional dedication and of enthusiasm that marked our lives.
Through the FJVR, through the projects and organizations he initiated he will stay with us!
Jacques the profession is grateful to you!