*Liam Davison, 56 and Frankie, 54 Novelist – Australia
Mr. Davison, an Australian novelist, and his wife, Frankie, 54, were among the victims of Flight 17, the Australian newspaper, The Age reported. Mr. Davison’s work earned a number of accolades, including a National Book Council Banjo Award for Fiction for his novel “Soundings” in 1993, according to his publisher. Toorak College, a school in southern Australia where Ms. Davison taught literature, said she was “much loved” in a Facebook post, which was drawing scores of expressions of grief from students, colleagues and others. The Davisons had two children, Milly and Sam, the school said.
*Nick Norris, 68; Mo, 12; Evie, 10; and Otis Maslin, 8 Australia
Nick Norris was aboard the flight with his grandchildren, three Australian siblings — Mo, 12, Evie 10, and Otis Maslin, 8, reports in the Australian news media said. The children’s parents, Rin Norris and Anthony Maslin, had stayed behind to extend their vacation in Europe while the children had to return to school, the reports said. Ms. Norris’s sister Natalia Gemmell told the Australian news site PerthNow that the children were “beautiful, beautiful kids; just gentle, clever, beautiful kids.”
*John Allen, 44; Sandra Martens; Christopher; Julian; Ian Lawyer; Teacher – Britain and the Netherlands
Mr. Allen, a prominent British lawyer, and his wife, Sandra, a Dutch elementary school teacher, died with their three sons, who ranged in age from eight to 14. In a Facebook post, Mr. Allen’s sister, Wonder Allen Smith, said: “I lost my whole family, my only brilliant brother and his beautiful wife and three magnificent children.” The family lived near Amsterdam and was traveling to Indonesia on vacation. “All of us who had the privilege of working with John during his 18 years at NautaDutilh came to know him as a kind, down-to-earth and humorous man and many of us have also lost a friend. He will be dearly missed,” the law firm said in a statement.
*Gary Slok, 15; Petra van Langeveld Netherlands
After taking their seats on the flight, Ms. van Langeveld and her son Gary took a selfie. The Dutch pair was headed to Kuala Lumpur on a trip for single parents and their children, according to the Daily Mirror. On her Facebook profile, Ms. van Langeveld said she enjoyed pilates, tennis and skiing, and posted pictures of her adventures, often with her son.[eap-ad_4]