Jan K. TenBruggencate, longtime Molokai pineapple researcher and the author of a history of the Hawaiian pineapple industry, died Sunday, April 17, 2011, in Madison, Wisconsin, at age 89.
He was born March 16, 1922 in the Netherlands, and moved in 1956 to Molokai’s Libby McNeill and Libby plantation in Maunaloa, where he was an agronomist. The plantation closed in the 1970s. In later years, while living in Florida and Wisconsin, TenBruggencate consulted for the pineapple industries of Colombia, Swaziland, South Africa and other parts of the world. After his retirement, he wrote Hawaii’s Pineapple Century, the history of the Hawaiian pineapple industry.
He is survived by his wife, Joan H. TenBruggencate; sons Jan W. TenBruggencate of Kauai and W. Peter TenBruggencate of Wisconsin; daughter M. Alison TenBruggencate of Wisconsin; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in Wisconsin.