Erland van Lidth was a member of the Dutch noble family Van Lidth de Jeude. Jonkheer is analogous to the German Junker and similar to the English Baronet.
Erland was a student and member of the wrestling team at M.I.T.
Attended Massachusetts Institue of Technology 1972-1976
Was a dedicated teacher in the late 70s early 80s at Manhattan Community College, teaching English.
While at MIT, Erland was also on the wrestling team, eventually becoming East Coast Champion, which activity eventually led to his participation in the 1976 Olympic Games.