IVU Secretary, 1926-29
IVU Treasurer 1929-50
IVU Secretary 1950-53
IVU Deputy President 1953-60
IVU Vice-President 1960-68
Egerod was born on January 4, 1888. In his professional life he was
a teacher in the Danish Public School System with English as his primary
subject, and he was president of the Danish Vegetarian Society 1917-1930.
The photo right shows him as a young man. He first appeared in
connection with IVU at the 1923 IVU Congress, held in Sweden.
Some extracts from the report by The Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester):
. . . the Roll Call of the Delegates. Each rose as his or her name
was called. The following is a full list : . . . . Denmark - . . .
Oluf Egerod and Margerethe Noll, Copenhagen ; . . .
. . . We give the full list of papers in alphabetical order :- . .
. Oluf Egerod " Report for Danish Vegetarian Society," .
. . . Some discussion arose as to the advisability of admitting Nature
Healing Societies as members of the International Vegetarian Union.
. . . Mr. Egerod, . . . took part.
. . .FINANCE. The Hon. Treasurer (H. Nolthenius) next proposed that
the fee for membership be settled. The present fee was considered
rather high. He proposed a fixed tee of £1 for each Society.
Mr. Egerod spoke in favour of a percentage payment. . . .
From the reports of the1926 IVU Congress, held in London, England.
Published by both The Vegetarian Messenger (Manchester) and The
Vegetarian News (London):
. . . the delegates were introduced to the assembly . . . Mr. Oluf
Egerod (Denmark) . . .
. . . The following officers were elected . . . Hon. Secretary, Oluf
Egerod, Esq., Denmark. . . .
.. Mr. OLUF EGEROD (Denmark) urged that notwithstanding the criticisms
of some of their supporters the term ''vegetarian " should be
retained, since its use had already secured for it a certain definite
signification which, if the word were now discarded would necessarily
he lost. . .
Mr. OLUF EGEROD (Denmark), in the course of a Paper on "The
Work of Dr. Hindhede in Nutrition Research, and its bearing on Vegetarianism,"
said that the laboratory established in Copenhagen, of which Dr. Hindhede
was the head, had, since its inception in 1911, given an impetus to
nutritional research all over the world. For a year or more, potatoes
and margarine were the sole foods of some of the helpers who, for
three months, were engaged in hard work for fourteen hours daily.
For another six months they lived upon barley-porridge, sugar, and
margarine ; for a further nine months upon oatmeal-porridge, sugar,
and margarine ; while for two years they lived upon cabbage-soup,
potatoes, and bread, mostly of whole-rye or of whole-wheat, and without
fats of any kind. The results had been tabulated and went to show
that health and strength were not only well-maintained, but were actually
increased in each case, on what was a cry low protein standard. The
English were accustomed to take too much animal protein. A great defect
in the average English dietary was the use of white bread.
of Dr. Hindhede in Nutrition Research in its Relation to Vegetarianism
- full text of the paper by Mr. Oluf Egerod, read at the Congress
- plus some replies from others about the topic.
From the report of the 1929 IVU Congress, held in Czechoslovakia,
again published by both the London and Manchester magazines:
Gratitude and courtesy alike demand that warm thanks should be tendered
to the retiring Hon. Secretary of the Union, Herr Oluf Egerod, of
Copenhagen, to whose efforts so large a share of the success of this
year's Congress is manifestly due, and who rendered invaluable service
throughout the Congress as interpreter-in-chief on every occasion.
As a result of the lamented death of Professor Nolthenius, elswhere
referred to, Herr Egerod will now take over the position of Hon. Treasurer
of the Union. surrendering the duties of Hon. Secretary to Herr Hans
Erwin Feix, Secretary of this year's Congress.
reports of the 1932 Congress, near Berlin (the photo on the
right appeared in one of them):
. . . the Treasurer, Mr. Oluf Egerod (Copenhagen) gave a detailed
account of the financial position. . . .
. . .the formation of a small international committee which would
meet whenever there was important business to transact. The appointed
committee consisted of . . ., the Treasurer, Mr. Oluf Egerod (Copenhagen),
. . .
. . .Apart from the fine oratory referred to, there were also short
speeches by representative delegates, these including . . .Mr. Oluf
Egerod (Copenhagen) doing yeoman service as always, where necessary,
as interpreter. . .
. . .an Executive Committee, to serve until the next meeting of the
Congress at Zurich in 1935, was also elected, as follows . . ., Mr.
Oluf Egerod (Denmark),
World Vegetarian Congress, Daugaard, Denmark 1935 - organised
by Oluf Egerord at short notice, after it had to be moved from Zurich
due to the political situation. Photo from the 1935 reports
"Mr. Oluf Egerod, honorary treasurer of the International Vegetarian
Union was a very popular leader, . . ."
"Oluf Egerod, a lovable Danish Inspector of Schools, was at his
best when "giving," and was never too tired to answer one
more question before bed-time. As Treasurer he is more deserving of
the adjective "indefatigable" than can be imagined, but he
also knows how trust those to whom he allots duties, without worrying
himself or them all the time. In other words, he is a born organiser.
reports of the 1938 IVU Congress, held in Norway - the photo
shows Mr. Egerod on the right of the group of officers and their wives:
Brief speeches were made by Messrs. O. EGEROD (Treasurer) and . .
SÖREN EGEROD, the son of the Union's popular treasurer, who,
as a life vegetarian, had just been interviewed by the press, briefly
addressed the Congress and expressed grateful thanks to his parents
for being in the position of not having touched tobacco, alcohol or
Mr. OLUF EGEROD (Treasurer), who followed, said that if we wanted
to work for peace we must work for vegetarianism. There could never
be any lasting peace so long as we went on killing animals. Vegetarianism
was not the only essential for peace but it was an important one,
and even if it were not the best way for health we must live as vegetarians.
. . . the Treasurer (Mr. Oluf Egerod) presented his financial statement,
intimating that it would be very desirable if more countries became
affiliated to the Union. . . .
. . . Mr. Oluf Egerod (Denmark), Honorary Treasurer, [re-elected unanimously]
From reports of the 1947 IVU Congress, in England:
. . . Mr.OLUF EGEROD (Denmark), the Honorary Treasurer of the Union,
in a characteristic reply, thanked Mr. Sibly for the warm welcome
he had given them, and also referred to the Centenary Year of The
Vegetarian Society. . . .
. . . The Hon. Treasurer, Mr. OLUF EGEROD (Denmark), submitted an
audited financial statement which was approved . .
. . . Mr. O. EGEROD (Denmark) was re~appointed Hon. Treasurer . .
Photos and drawing from the 1947 Congress
From reports of the 1950 IVU Congress held in Holland:
Mr. Oluf Egerod gave a brief account of the Congresses held during
the years between the two great wars.
The Hon. Treasurer, Mr. Oluf Egerod, submitted a statement of receipts
and payments which was accepted and approved.
The officers of the I.V.U. were elected as follows-- . . . , Hon.
Secretary: Oluf Egerod (Denmark), . . .
At the concluding session . . . Mr. O. Egerod (Denmark) also spoke,
. . .
Extracts from the Executive Committee meeting of October 2, 1950:
. . . PRESENT . . Mr.Oluf Egerod (Hon.Secretary), . . .
CONGRESS of 1953 - SWEDEN : Mr.Egerod reported fully upon a suggested
programme, submitted by Mr.Pederson, for the next congress fixed at
Sigtuna, N.W. of Stockholm, Sweden.
Extracts from the Executive Committee meeting of July 17, 1951:
PRESENT: . . . Mr.Oluf Egerod (Hon Secretary),
The Hon.Secretary Oluf Egerod reported that he had handed over relevant
I.V.U. papers to the new Secretary & would pass on any more that
came to light. He assured the meeting of his willingness to advise
and assist the new Secretary.
The forthcoming meetings of the German Vegetarian Societies was discussed.
It was agreed that Mr.Pedersen, Mr.Egerod & the Secretary attend,
that they do not attempt to interfere in any way with the German domestic
affairs but that they watch, advise & record.
Extracts from the Executive Committee meeting of Easter, 1952:
PRESENT . . . Hon.Secretary Oluf Egerod . . .
It was stated that the Mazdaznan Sahambar(?) would be held in Stuttgart
on August 2-9 & it was arranged that Mr Oluf Egerod should represent
On the following day the 11th April consequent upon points raised
on the previous day it was agreed that in view of the establishment
of a permanent international office the £200 preciously paid
direct to Oluf Egerod by Mrs Gasque's London Brokers should in future
be paid direct into I.V.U. funds and be administered by the treasurer.
It was agreed that Oluf Egerod should continue to travel for and represent
the IVU & that he tender his accounts to the treasurer for payment.
It was agreed that the Committee should make the following nominations
at the Congress - . . . Vice-Presidents - Oluf Egerod . . .
reports of the 1953 Congress, in Sweden:
Officers of the International Vegetarian Union - elected at Sigtuna
. . . Deputy President, Mr. O. Egerod, M.A., Denmark. . . .
Executive Committee, . . . Mr. O. Egerod, . . .
Mr. Egerod is on the left of the photo.
Extracts from the Executive Committee meeting of October 18, 1953:
Present . . . Deputy President Mr Oluf Egerod
Extracts from the Executive Committee meeting of May 1-2, 1954:
Present Messrs Egerod, . . .
Deputy President Egerod first thanked Mr & Mrs Kahler for their
hospitality and welcomed Mr Kahler to the Executive Committee. He
then invited Mr Sibly to take the chair.
[re the Paris Congress] Mr Egerod suggested that one of the Congress
meetings should be held in the French Chamber of Deputies.
[re a proposed tour of Israel] Mr Egerod stated that anti-Jewish,
anti-Russian feeling in the USA would antagonise the latter nation.
From reports of the 1955 IVU Congress, held in Paris:
The official program lists the IVU Executive Committee, including:
Deputy President : OLUF EGEROD (Denmark)
. . . The following were re-elected for a two year term of office
:- . . . DEPUTY PRESIDENT-Mr. Oluf Egerod (Denmark).
Extracts from the Executive Committee meeting of June 30, 1956:
Present: - . . . Mr Oluf Egerod, Deputy President (Denmark)
Chairman - Mr Egerod asked that Mr Sibly should take the chair and
this was approved and accepted by Mr.Sibly
Extracts from the Executive Committee meeting of September 27, 1956:
Apologies for absence were received from: - . . . , Mr Oluf Egerod,
It was agreed that Mr Egerod's written power of attorney to Mr Harris
. . . be recognised.
From reports of the 1957 Congress, held in India:
caption for the photo on the right was:
Deputy President welcomed
Mr Oluf Egerod, of Denmark, Deputy President of I.V.U., when he was
hreeted on arrival in India. With him are Mr Shah, Mr J.N.Mankar, chief
organiser of the Congress, Mr Woodland Kahler and Mr Pattani.
The minutes of the Business Meeting confirmed that he was re-elected
as Deputy President.
Extracts from the Executive Committee meeting of May 9, 1958:
PRESENT: Mr O.Egerod (Deputy President), . . .
Mr J.Pedersen was represented by Mr Egerod . . .
Mr Egerod formally opened the meeting and asked Mr Sibly to take the
Chair. This was agreed.
Extract from the Executive Committee meeting of May 10, 1959:
"Present: Mr.Egerod (in Chair) . . ."
Extract from the Executive Committee meeting of June 4, 1960:
"Apologies Messrs Egerod . . ."
From the report of the Business Meeting at the 1960 Congress, held
in Germany: "Messages of good wishes and apologies for absence
were read from Mr Oluf Egerod (Deputy President, missing his first Congress
since 1923 and to whom a cable of regret and best wishes had been sent
from the inaugural dinner), [followed by other apologies]."
During this Congress he stood down as Deputy President and was elected
as one of a large number of Vice-President, a more honorary title requiring
no active involvement.
The minutes of the Business Meeting at the 1963 Congress, in Spain,
show that Mr. Egerod was re-elected as a Vice-President, but he does
not appear to have been present.
The minutes of the Business Meeting at the 1965 Congress, in England,
again show that Mr. Egerod was re-elected as a Vice-President, but again
he does not appear to have been present.
The reports from the 1967 Congress in India were extremely brief and
give no mention of Mr. Egerod.
Extract from the Executive Committee meeting of May 10, 1968:
" the deaths of . . . and Mr Oluf Egerod were reported and regret
was expressed. The Secretary said he had sent sympathy to relatives."
Mr. Egerod was 80 when he died.