Lichtenstein Award


Alfred F. Lichtenstein

The Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award for Distinguished Service to Philately is annually given to a living individual for outstanding service to philately. The award was established in 1952.

Alfred F. Lichtenstein (August 6, 1876 – February 24, 1947) was one of America's most famous philatelists. In 1996 the Collectors Club of New York named him the Outstanding American Philatelist for the first half of the 20th century, an honor much applauded by the philatelic world. During his lifetime Lichtenstein built some of the greatest collections ever formed: Canada and the Provinces, Switzerland, Cape of Good Hope, Mauritius, Uruguay, Argentina, and U.S. Western franks.

For three decades Lichtenstein was an international judge. He was chairman of the 1926 and 1936 international philatelic exhibitions held in New York City. He was also named chairman of the 1947 Centenary International Stamp Exhibition (CIPEX), but died less than three months before it opened. A special exhibit of part of his collection was displayed there in his honor.

Lichtenstein was a strong supporter of the Collectors Club of New York, and was instrumental in its growth and prominence in world philately. He and Theodore Steinway led the drive for funds to acquire its permanent home. The first recipient of the Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award was Steinway, his personal friend and devoted coworker.
 

Year Recipient

2014

Roger Brody

Roger Brody - Roger S. Brody has been selected by the Board of Governors of the Collectors Club of New York to receive the 2013 Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award at its annual Awards Dinner on May 7, 2014. Throughout his lifetime Roger has established an outstanding record of accomplishment in and service to virtually every aspect of philately. He has been a consummate philatelic exhibitor and researcher, an outstanding author and lecturer, and maintained a superb and continuous record of service to philately from the local to the national levels.

Professionally, Roger received his Bachelor’s Degree from Lehigh University in Business Administration, and went on to an outstanding career in the financial services and investment industry. For over three decades he provided investment strategy and implementation for many of the top United States and foreign banking and investment firms.

Roger is a recognized expert in early twentieth century United States stamps. This has grown out of his initial interest in regular and commemorative United States and British North America stamps. Today it is reflected in his interest in United States twentieth century postal history, coil stamps, booklet panes, airmail and revenue stamps. His interest in the United States 1902 Regular Issue not only introduced him to exhibiting, but ultimately brought him national and international attention in the philatelic world via National Gold and Grand Awards and International Gold Awards. His recent studies include the production and postal history of post World War II United States definitive issues, specifically the Prominent Americans and Great Americans series. These exhibits have been recognized at the national level with Gold Awards.

Roger has also been active in the area of philatelic research and has published numerous articles in The United States Stamp Specialist, The Collectors Club Philatelist, Linn’s Stamp News, The Perfins Bulletin, and Opinions VII & VIII. He is a double recipient of the USSS Hopkinson Memorial Literature Award for the best research article in The United States Stamp Specialist. His subjects have included Essays and Line Drawings, a series on the Washington Shield stamp, numerous census reports on the 1902 issue, the eight cent Martha Washington issue and pneumatic tube mail. His collaboration in the preparation of the auction catalog for his 1902 series sale by Shreve afforded what is considered to be the definitive study of this issue. In 2007 he received the John H. Luff Award from the American Philatelic Society for Distinguished Philatelic Research.

He had presented numerous lectures on his studies and findings on several aspects of the U.S. Series 1902, and on stamp development and production at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing including such venues as the Royal Philatelic Society London and the Maynard Sundman Lecture Series at the National Postal Museum.

Roger also has an outstanding record in his service to organized philately. He is currently Chairman of the Research Committee of the Smithsonian’s Council of Philatelists, in which he coordinates the efforts of a large group of noted philatelic researchers and staff members of the National Postal Museum in a wide array of research projects. He has served the Collectors Club (New York) as Treasurer, Vice President, President and now Governor, bringing to bear his vast experience in the financial area to assure the financial health of the Club. He also serves as Board Chairman of the United States Stamp Society and was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the American Philatelic Research Library in 2005. As a result of his work with the APRL, he is currently serving this organization as its president. Finally, he has served as Treasurer of Washington 2016 since the inception of the organization.

Please join us in congratulating Roger as the recipient of the 2013 Lichtenstein Award and join us at the Collectors Club Annual Awards Dinner on May 7th when Roger will receive the Lichtenstein Medal in recognition for his outstanding service to philately.

2013

Alan Warren

Alan Warren - Alan Warren has been selected by the Board of Governors of the Collectors Club of New York to receive the Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award at its Awards Dinner on May 15, 2013. His selection recognizes almost sixty years of service to philately, having served as organizer, writer, researcher and exhibitor at all levels in the hobby. Just the body of his publications inspires with over 730 articles and reviews. He served on the American Philatelic Society’s committee on the accreditation of national exhibitions and judges, the ethics committee, the Luff award committee, and was past president and director of the APS Writers Unit No. 30. He is currently a member of the APS Hall of Fame committee and the preservation and care of philatelic materials committee. He was a founding member and past director, vice president, and recording secretary of the American First Day Cover Society. He is an accredited judge and chief judge for philatelic and literature exhibits. Alan serves the Scandinavian Collectors Club as secretary, having previously been president and a director. He is also president of the Scandinavian Philatelic Foundation. He served as secretary of the INTERPHIL 1976 and NORDIA 2001 boards of directors, and was publications chair for WASHINGTON 2006. Alan is currently secretary of the American Society of Polar Philatelists and editor of its publication Ice Cap News, and is a columnist in First Days. He is a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London.

Alan has served the Philadelphia National Stamp Exhibition (formerly SEPAD) as secretary since 1970. He is a past council member of the American Philatelic Congress and past secretary-treasurer of the Collectors Club of Philadelphia. He was a member of the Council of Philatelists of the National Postal Museum for six years.

In addition to his philatelic interests in Scandinavia, he has formed two gold level exhibits of the 1933-35 Little America and the John Ericsson issues of United States stamps and has a long-abiding interest in the stamps and postal history of Tibet. Recently he made a considerable contribution of Tibetan forgeries to the reference collection of the American Philatelic Society.

A chemist by profession, Alan completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where his father was a member of the faculty of electrical engineering. His membership in the UP Philatelic Society led to his early involvement with the American First Day Cover Society and its journal. He retired from the PQ Corporation as research and development operations manager after a forty-year career. Alan remains active with the American Chemical Society, and writes for the Philadelphia section’s publication. He is an emeritus fellow of the American Institute of Chemists and is a supporting contributor of the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Beyond his philatelic and professional involvements, Alan and his wife Lorraine are devotees of ballet and supporters of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

2012

Francis Kiddle

Francis Kiddle - Francis Kiddle became interested in organized philately at an early age, and he has continued his philatelic passion throughout his life. From founding a local stamp club to his activity at the highest levels in Great Britain, he has left his mark in many places.

This is particularly the case with the Royal Philatelic Society London, where he served as a Council member starting in 1977. He soon became Honorary Librarian, serving for the second longest such tenure in the Society’s history. That connection, in turn, led to his interest in philatelic literature and FIP accreditation as a philatelic literature judge in 1980. It was only natural that he be one of the judges at Philitex 92, probably the largest-ever international literature competition, held at the Collectors Club.

At the Royal, he served as president in the mid-1990s and currently is the curator of the Perkins, Bacon archive, a remarkable assemblage of original documents that offer a glimpse into the earliest days of stamp production. His many activities for the Royal earned him the rare distinction of being elected an Honorary Fellow of the Society.

At the FIP level, he was accredited as an international judge in 1980 and has served on 35 juries, with 9 occasions as secretary of the jury. He has served also as a jury member at 10 U.S. national shows in the last 15 years. For eight years he was the chairman of the FIP Literature Commission and since 2008 has been chairman of the Revenue Commission. He has served as U.K. commissioner to eight international exhibitions, which some who have done so believe to be beyond the normal tolerance level of average humans. In 1999, he was elected a member of the AIEP, the International Association of Philatelic Experts.

His exhibiting activity is both extensive and eclectic, with 17 different exhibits ranging from Cinderella material, such as worldwide locals, to a variety of traditional and postal history subjects. As a writer he has contributed 145 articles on Cinderellas with his brother Charles, comprising a total of 150,000 words of text, for a regular column in Stamp Magazine, and has many other writing credits, both individually and with others.

Needless to say, all of this activity in many philatelic areas of specialty has earned him recognition by various organizations. In the UK, having served in many positions, including chairman of the British Association and chairman of the ABPS International Committee, he received the Rowland Hill Lifetime Achievement Award. Francis signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1995, and in 2006 he received the Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award. It is fitting that he now adds the Lichtenstein Memorial Award to his well-earned list of achievements.

2011

William H. Gross

William H. Gross - The Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award for 2011 was presented to William H. Gross, of Laguna Beach, California, at the Collectors Club Annual Awards Banquet, which was held at the Cornell Club in New York on January 10, 2011. Mr. Gross has become one of philately’s most philanthropic supporters in addition to having built one of the finest stamp collections in private hands.

Mr. Gross' unique contributions to philately are measured in a way different from those of previous recipients. In addition to being the most generous financial supporter of philately we have ever seen, he has also contributed to a tremendous uptick in media exposure for the hobby of stamp collecting due to his high profile in the financial world. His collecting accomplishments, his unique stamp "trade" of the Inverted Jenny plate block for the One Cent "Z" Grill, and both his and his wife Sue’s generosity in donating millions from the sale of portions of his stamp collection to charitable causes has generated more media exposure over the past decade than any other single collector.

During the past eighteen years, Mr. Gross has diligently and tenaciously assembled what is, without question, one of the finest collections of United States stamps and postal history ever formed. It is a breathtaking and comprehensive array, consisting of mint singles, largest known multiples, plate number multiples and outstanding postal history. His nineteenth century U.S. exhibit was honored by winning the Grand Prix National at the Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition.

In 2008, Mr. Gross co-published, along with Spink Shreves Galleries, A History of United States Stamps: The William H. Gross Collection—United States Classics 1847–1869. He donated virtually the entire press run to the Collectors Club and, to date, its sale has generated in excess of $36,000.00 in revenue for the benefit of the Club, with many more copies of the book having been donated by the Club to other philatelic organizations.

Over the past three years, he and his wife have donated a combined total of over $17,000,000 to charities and nonprofit organizations with the proceeds from six auctions of stamps from his worldwide collections. Some of the organizations that have benefited from these donations include: Doctors Without Borders, Millennium Villages Project at the Earth Institute and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

In 2009, Mr. Gross committed $8,000,000 for the benefit of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum expansion project, which, when it opens in 2012, will create the finest Postal Museum in the world. The Smithsonian has acknowledged his "seed" donation by naming the new gallery in his honor, The William H. Gross Stamp Gallery. In addition, he gave on long-term loan, three iconic United States rarities to be featured in the Gems gallery of the new museum.

His contributions to philately are exceptional, and they are recognized by the Collectors Club by being presented the 2011 Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award.

2010

Peter P. McCann

Peter P. McCann - The Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award for 2010 was presented to Dr. Peter P. McCann, of University Park, Florida, at the Collectors Club Annual Awards Banquet, which was held at the Cornell Club in New York on May 26, 2010.

A member of the Collectors Club for over 20 years, Peter has served in many capacities within the American Philatelic Society, F.I.P., the Philatelic Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution National Postal Museum Council of Philatelists, and the World Philatelic Exhibition Washington 2006. Few others have been quite as active as he has been in international philately.

A collector of “islands,” Peter has spoken at the Club on British Virgin Islands Postal History and on Montserrat Postal History on two different occasions. Beyond the Club, however, he has also given displays and talks at the RPSL, the Collectors Club of Chicago, the Philatelic Specialists Society of Canada (Toronto) and others.

As F.I.P. vice president for the last five years, he is now responsible for FIAF, Statutes and Rules, and the Postal History Commission. As a trustee of the Philatelic Foundation, he is also chairman of the Nominating Committee. He became a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s Council of Philatelists in 2002 and served as co-chairman for two years and was chairman of the sub-committee for Philatelic Exhibits for four years. At Washington 2006 he was a member of the board of directors and chairman of the selection committee for competitive exhibits. He has also served as president of the American Philatelic Congress and the AAPE, with similar service in study groups that deal with various island countries. It is his service with the APS that is particularly notable. Besides having served as president, he has been chairman of various committees, including the International Relations Committee, the Greater APS Fund Committee, the Committee for Accreditation of National Exhibitions and Judges (CANEJ), and for nine years was the APS delegate to F.I.P.

As an exhibitor, he has won national grand awards with three different exhibits. In the course of 24 years, he published 36 philatelic articles and two books. He is qualified as chief judge both for philatelic and literature competition, and has served as judge at countless national and international exhibitions.

All of this activity usually leads to recognition, and Peter has received many awards. Foremost of these was signing the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 2007. While he was on the Board of the American Philatelic Society, he was not eligible to receive the Luff award, but after his “retirement” he received that award in 2008 for Outstanding Service to the Society. The Royal Philatelic Society London elected him a fellow in 1995, and he has served as one of their Special Overseas Representatives since 1997. For his continued service to philately he has earned the Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award for all these achievements. 

2009

Harlan F. Stone, II

Harlan F. Stone II - The Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award for 2009 was presented to Harlan Fiske Stone II, of New York City, at the Collectors Club Annual Awards Banquet, held at the Cornell Club in New York on May 6, 2009.

Harlan Stone, a renowned researcher, collector and exhibitor of Swiss philately, has also distinguished himself as a writer, editor and promoter of philatelic literature. His philatelic interests have also propelled him into service and leadership positions in several philatelic organizations. Harlan has served on the Board of Trustees of the Philatelic Foundation, the Board of Directors of the Postal History Society, and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s Council of Philatelists. He has held several chair positions with the American Helvetia Philatelic Society, and currently serves as its President for the third time. Before and during his 21 years as a member of the Collectors Club, he has made six presentations on Swiss subjects. Harlan also holds membership in and contributes to numerous other American, Swiss and British philatelic societies.

In sharing his collecting interest, Harlan has achieved remarkable success through multi-frame exhibiting. Since 1971 he has exhibited 20 different Swiss subjects, 18 of them recipients of gold medals in four different divisions at U.S. national shows. Four of these exhibits have garnered a total of 10 grand awards. He has also received one-frame grand awards with seven other Swiss exhibits. His exhibiting prowess has garnered him the APS multi-frame Champion of Champions as well as an APS one-frame Champion of Champions. He is the only exhibitor who has received the APS top exhibiting award in both categories. Over the past decade, on the international exhibiting scene, Harlan has received large vermeil, gold and large gold awards, and has been an invited exhibitor at Claridge’s. Harlan’s only non-Swiss exhibit, featuring the U.S. 1948 stamp honoring his grandfather, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Harlan Fiske Stone, has received gold and special awards in a fifth national division, illustrated mail.

Harlan’s achievements in writing and editing are no less impressive. He has published articles in 11 U.S., Swiss and British journals and periodicals. He served as editor of the Helvetia Alphorn (1969-74), and the Postal History Journal (1989-99), receiving for the latter the American Philatelic Congress’s Diane D. Boehret Award four times for excellence in philatelic periodical literature. This publication also received national gold and international large vermeil literature awards. As Director of Education at the Philatelic Foundation, Harlan published and edited several books, booklets and The Philatelic Foundation Quarterly.

Harlan is an Honorary Life member of the American Helvetia Philatelic Society. In 2006 the American Philatelic Society honored him as a recipient of the John N. Luff award for distinguished philatelic research. In 2002 the Consilium Philateliae Helveticae voted him into life membership for his contributions to Swiss philately, only the second American ever to receive this honor. The depth of Harlan Stone’s philatelic contributions and achievements, and his warm and inviting deportment in sharing his knowledge and experience, make him a worthy recipient of the Alfred F. Lichtenstein award.

2008

Charles J. Peterson

Charles J. Peterson - The Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award for 2008 will be presented to Charles J. Peterson, of Laurel, Maryland, at the Collectors Club Annual Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Cornell Club in New York on May 7, 2008.  Mr. Peterson has had a distinguished career in philately, most notably as an author, editor, and administrator.

A member of the Collectors Club for 35 years, Charlie has served in many capacities within the American Philatelic Society and the American Philatelic Research Library.  His term as president of the latter culminated in the effort to secure the Match Factory for the APS.

At the international level, he served the F.I.P. as commission president of the Literature Commission for 17 years and currently serves on the F.I.P. board as a director.  He has been a jury member for over 30 F.I.P. juries and has served as jury chairman on a number of occasions, most recently at Washington 2006.  Besides jury work, he has been active in the organization of national and international shows.

His collecting interests are eclectic: Serbia, U.S. postal history, German specialty items and thematics.  Overshadowing all these, however, is his philatelic literature collection, which features many classic volumes.

If anything, Charlie is noted for his editorial prowess.  Two journals are closely linked with his name, the Chronicle of U.S. Classic Postal Issues, which he edited for 23 years and for which he twice received the Diane Boehret award, and the Philatelic Literature Review, which he edited for 15 years and similarly twice received the Thomas Brasch award.  He has compiled cumulative indexes for at least 14 different philatelic periodicals and books, a much underrated task that he achieves with greatest care.  Besides hundreds of book reviews and articles on philatelic literature or philatelic writing, in both U.S. and foreign journals, he has been technical editor or advisor on ten or more philatelic studies, often unheralded but of exceptional value to the publications.

Needless to say, Charlie Peterson has received many honors in his philatelic career.  Foremost of these was signing the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1991.  He is one of only five to have received the Luff Award from the APS twice; first in 1988 for Outstanding Service to Philately and again in 2006 for Service to the APS.  The U.S. Philatelic Classics Society chose him for the Distinguished U.S. Philatelist award in 1992 and awarded him the Lester G. Brookman Cup for outstanding service to the USPCS in 2003.  Overseas, the Bund Deutscher Philatelisten awarded him both the bronze and silver service pins and the silver pin for Special Service in Research and Literature.  The Copenhagen Philatelic Club, Denmark, awarded him its Silver Medal in 1994.  He has been a member of the Royal Philatelic Society London for 40 years and is a Fellow.  The APS Writers Unit #30 elected him to its Hall of Fame in 1997.  It is fitting that he now adds the well-deserved Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award to these achievements. 

2007

Thomas J. Alexander

Thomas J. Alexander - The Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award for 2007 was presented to Thomas J. Alexander of Kansas City, Missouri, at the Collectors Club Annual Awards Banquet, held at the Cornell Club in New York on May 9, 2007. Mr. Alexander has had a distinguished career in philately, most notably as an author.

His effort to complete the work started with his long-term colleague Creighton Hart, on the United States 1847 Cover Census has provided a major resource to the collectors of those popular classic issues. Tom’s interest in the early years of United States philately saw print in articles in the American Philatelic Congress Book, the American Philatelist and The Chronicle, the journal of the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society.

As author, he has also produced two booklets for the National Postal Museum of the Smithsonian Institution; The 1847s: America’s First Stamps, for the exhibit by Guido Craveri, and The Queen’s Own: Stamps that Changed the World, to accompany the exhibit from The Royal Philatelic Collection. In 1979 he produced Simpson’s U.S. Postal Markings 1851–61. His current effort is to complete an analysis and publication of recently rediscovered Post Office Department records relating to the production of U.S. postage stamps from 1847 to 1910. This last project was started with the late experts George Brett and W. Wilson Hulme.

Tom Alexander has long offered his services to various philatelic organizations. A recipient of the 1985 Luff Award for research from the American Philatelic Society, he later joined the Luff committee and currently rejoined as a member to fill a vacancy. He has also chaired both the A.P.S. Ethics Committee and the Insurance Committee. He is currently a trustee of the Philatelic Foundation and a member of the Council of Philatelists of the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum.

With his philatelic interests centering on classic U.S. issues, it is natural that Tom would have close connection with the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society. Indeed, he served as vice president, then president in the early 1980s and is now an ex officio member of the Board of Directors. For over 20 years he has served as the editor of the 1851 section of The Chronicle. Committee service includes the Nominating Committee, Awards Committee, Publications Committee and the Distinguished Philatelist Committee. The society has recognized his service in various ways, including awarding him the Ashbrook Cup (1979), the Chase Cup three times, the Brookman Cup (1984) and the Distinguished Philatelist Award (1989).

Other awards Tom has received include the James and Corita Cryer Award (2000), the Elizabeth C. Pope Medal (2002) and the Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award. It was with pleasure that the Board of Governors of the Collectors Club selected Thomas J. Alexander to receive the Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award to add to honor his long and distinguished service to philately.

2006

Pat Walker

Patricia Stilwell Walker - The Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award was established in 1952 to recognize distinguished service to philately, and is regarded as one of the highest international awards in philately. In over fifty years, only three women have been selected by the Board of Governors for the honor, with Patricia Stilwell Walker now becoming the fourth. She received the award at the Annual Awards Banquet, which was held at the Cornell Club on May 10, 2006.

Pat decided to collect Irish postal history, with her first purchase of a cover at Interphil ‘76. Three years later she was a seasoned exhibitor. She met her husband Dan, then a novice, at a show in Newark in 1979 (where both won silver medals) and they were married three years later.

Her exhibiting results have improved greatly from that relatively modest start, with international results including the Grand Prix National at The Stamp Show 2000, the F.I.P. World Exhibition in London and a Large Gold with Special Prize in España 2004 in Valencia for her Irish postal history. Not to be considered one with a single area of interest, her exhibit of Baltimore postal history has been shown once at the F.I.P. level winning Large Gold at Bangkok 2003.

She has long been a member of the Eire Philatelic Association, having served two terms as president in the late 1980s, and is also a member of the Irish Philatelic Circle. She is a life member of the American Philatelic Society, having served two terms as a member of its Board of Vice-Presidents. Other memberships include the Postal History Society (U.S.), the Society of Postal Historians (U.K.), the American Philatelic Congress, and the Royal Philatelic Society London, of which she is a fellow. Pat is the immediate past president of the United States Philatelic Classics Society and is also a director and treasurer of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors. She be-came accredited as a national judge in 1985 and as an international judge 1990 (youth), adding a postal history accreditation in 1993. At Washington 2006, she served on the jury .

On the personal side, she graduated magna cum laude in mathematics from Vassar College and is now retired from working 30 years with IBM. It is not easy to stay “re-tired” and she is currently working with her husband, Dan, in his insurance firm, as well as being a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. Each year she is actively involved on the BALPEX committee as chairman of judges and exhibits selection.

With such a wide range of philatelic credentials, Patricia Stilwell Walker is a worthy addition to the list of recipients of the Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award. 

2005

John M. Hotchner

John M. Hotchner - A writer, editor, researcher, and lecturer well known to U.S. collectors, John Hotchner has made extraordinary contributions to the promotion and awareness of philately. His work on behalf of organized philately is notable. A Board member of the American Philatelic Society for 16 years, he served in numerous capacities, including Committee Chairman of Mentor Services Activities, Kehr Award Selection, and the Board of Vice Presidents. John was elected APS President in 1997.  He has also served on the Board of Governors of the United States Stamp Society, the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, the Virginia Philatelic Federation, and over 20 other national clubs and societies including the Dolly Madison Stamp Club of McLean, VA.

John is currently serving on the Postmaster General's Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee and the Smithsonian National Postal Museum's Council of Philatelists. Hotchner also contributes his time and materials to "Stamps for the Wounded," an organization serving patients at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals. Whether serving a Ben Franklin Stamp Club Leader at St. Anthony's Catholic School in the seventies or on the Advisory Council of Junior Philatelists of America in the eighties, John cares about promoting philately at every level.

John has been a collector since age five.  He likes, and somehow finds the time, to collect stamps and related material. His collecting interests are diverse. He is a country collector of Great Britian, several European continental countries, Venezuela, Russia, Isreal, several Asian countries amongthem, India, China, Straits Settlements, Australia and New Zealand. He has several thematic collections as well.

As an exhibitor, Hotchner has recieved national Grand awards and vermeil at the International level, as well as a national Gold in philatelic literature. John is an accredited philatelic judge in stamps and literature. He has judged at numerous national shows and FIP shows. Hotchner, a feature writer for Linn's Stamp News, currently contributes to the Virginia Philatelic Forum and Linn's Stamp Almanac and he serves as Editor for U.S. Stamp News and The Philatelic Exhibitor.

John is married and has four grown children and five grandchildren. A graduate of the University of Virginia, John has 38 years of service with the U.S. Foreign Service, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs. He is currently serving as Director of Passport Policy and Legal Advisory Services.

John is the recipient of numerous awards for his philatelic writing and service including the APS Luff Award, the USSS Hopkinson Literature Award, and election to the APS Writers' Unit Hall of Fame.  On May 11, 2005, Club members and guests will gather at the Cornell Club to honor someone who has devoted his time and energies to promote philately.  It is in itself an honor to add John Hotchner's name to the list of recipients of the Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award.

2004

Ernst Cohn - Best known for his extensive research in the stamps and postal history of France, Scandinavia, and Germany, Ernst Cohn was honored with the Alfred F. Lichtenstein Award for Distinguished Service to Philately on May 12, 2004.

Born in Mainz, Germany, he served with the U.S. Army at the Nuremberg trials. Before and after that he served as a chemist for the U.S. government, and is now retired to his lifelong pursuit of philatelic study. His particular fascination for years has been in the mails during the siege of Paris in 1870-71, about which he prepared exhibits of ballons montés, pigeon messages, smuggled and diplomatic siege mails, not only of Paris, but also other towns such as Metz and Belfort.

Although his collections are notable, Ernst is more closely associated with his philatelic writing. Much of it, of course, is related to the 1870 sieges, but he has also taken on a number of controversial subjects to good effect. One of these, which appeared in the Collectors Club Philatelist in 1998, was the "Vineta Provisionals" of which the genuine examples are considered rarities. His research showed that there are many examples that were created after the fact and indistinguishable from the genuine ones. In the same article, he shed light on a number of aspects of the Buffalo Balloon stamps of 1877, again with the conclusion that many examples were probably produced at a later time and could not be told from the original set of labels.

Cohn is not hesitant to ask questions that point up the weakness of some aspects of expertization. For example, an article titled "Limits of Expertizing" appeared in 1999 in Fakes Forgeries Experts, No. 2. In it he lists a number of problems facing experts, such as lack of uniformity of reference material between two (or more) experts, differing standards, and how to expertise items of postal history that may be unique. An article in the 2001 issue of the same journal, "Genuine, but What?" argues for mare accurate language in describing items, as well as greater attention to facts. Many of the examples he gives show how siege of Paris mail could have been mistakenly assigned to the wrong mode of transportation through lack of knowledge of detailed facts.

Over more than fifty years of philatelic activity, he has served as an officer of many eminent organizations and has been recognized with high honors for his research, writing, and editing. The FIP research medal is rarely awarded, and Ernst was one of the first to receive it. He is a corresponding member of two philatelic academies based in France and one in Belgium. In addition, he is a member of the Society of Philatelic Writers Unit #30, has received its "Broken Pen" award. He was selected for the Luff Award for Distinguished Philatelic Research in 1995.

Although he has retired from activities as an international judge, he offers his insights on expertizing and is as active as ever. A multiple part article titled "A Critical Guide to Balloon Mails—Facts and Fables about 1870 War Mails" was started in the November–December 2003 issue of the Collectors Club Philatelist.

2003

Richard Winter

2002

Harry Sutherland

2001

Thomas C. Mazza

2000

no winner

1999

Gordon C. Morison

1998

Gary S. Ryan

1997

Dr. Norman S. Hubbard

1996

Paul H. Jensen

1995

Louis Grunin

1994

Alan K. Huggins

1993

Robert P. Odenweller

1992

Dr. Roberto M. Rosende

1991

Hiroyuki Kanai

1990

John O. Griffiths

1989

Susan M. McDonald

1988

John B. Marriott

1987

Bernard A. Hennig

1986

George South

1985

William H. Miller, Jr.

1984

Robert H. Pratt

1983

George W. Brett

1982

Robert G. Stone

1981

Barbara Mueller

1980

Ronald A. G. Lee

1979

Dr. Enzo Diena

1978

Col. James T. DeVoss

1977

F. Burton Sellers

1976

George T. Turner

1975

Joseph Schatzkes

1974

Ernest A. Kehr

1973

Phil Silver

1972

Soichi Ichida

1971

Mortimer Neinken

1970

Robson Lowe

1969

H. R. Holmes

1968

Herbert Bloch

1967

John R. Boker, Jr.

1966

Harrison D. S. Haverbeck

1965

Alvaro Bonilla Lara

1964

Vincent G. Greene

1963

Henry M. Goodkind

1962

Louise Boyd Dale

1961

John J. Britt

1960

J. R. W. Purves

1959

Gen. C. W. Wickersham

1958

Winthrop S. Boggs

1957

Harry L. Lindquist

1956

John Wilson

1955

August Dietz

1954

Dr. Carroll Chase

1953

Dr. Clarence W. Hennan

1952

Theodore E. Steinway