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Posted 2018-07-15 13:09:39

2018 - May : Ross Wood

Past-President of F.I.S.A., Ross Wood from Australia, died on May 31st 2018.

Vale: Ross Wood FAP (1945 – 2018), by Glen Stafford, Australian Philatelic Society.

I am having extreme trouble writing this Vale for Ross Wood, as he was a very close personal and philatelic friend.  I met him for the first time in 2000 when he judged my novice class exhibit at Philatelic Society of Rockingham and Kwinana Districts.  Along with John DiBiase, he encouraged me to be involved with organised philately.  He encouraged and mentored me in organised philately over the following 18 years.

Ross Wood provided outstanding services to organised philately in many executive capacities.  Some of his roles included the following:

  • he served for 38 years at the Philatelic Society of WA (PSWA) in the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee Member;
  • 25 years on the Western Australian Philatelic Council (WAPC) in the positions of President, Vice President, Public Development Officer and Secretary;
  • 17 years with the Australian Philatelic Federation (APF) in the positions of President, Vice President, Immediate Past President and Secretary.

Ross was the APF’s Aerophilately Commission Delegate – a role he had held for the past 15 years.  Ross was also the longest serving APF executive.

At the international level, Ross had been the current President of the FIP Aerophilately Commission in addition to being an internationally qualified judge for both FIAP and FIP exhibitions in the areas of Postal Stationery and Aerophilately.

From 2009 to 2015, Ross served as the President of FISA (Federation of Aero and Astro Philately) and had been a FISA Board Member since 2009, representing Australasia.

Ross had been the long-time editor of several philatelic publications including: PSWA’s Stamp Hinges journal for 30 years; the WAPC’s Stamp Groper journal for 21 years; and, more recently, The Australian Aerophilatelist for the Australian Airmail Society.

Ross must have known how to squeeze more than 24 hours into each day, because he had also found time to hold more than ten exhibiting / judging workshops at the state and national levels.  He had run Aerophilately exhibiting workshops at the national level, such as the one held during the Canberra 2010 show.  Also at the international FIP level during Melbourne 2013, PhilaKorea 2014 and Singapore 2015.  Ross also championed the successful introduction of the new state-level ‘Subject’ class in recent years.

In 1997, his strong contribution to the WA philatelic world was recognised with Ross being awarded the EM Hasluck Medal – the highest philatelic award in WA.  He had also been awarded life membership in both the Western Australian Philatelic Council and the Philatelic Society of WA.

In 2016, Ross was awarded the highest honour that Australian Organised Philately can give with an APF Fellow of the Australian Philatelic Order (FAP).

To top it off, for those of us who had the pleasure to know him as a personal friend, he was not only a collector, judge and exhibitor; he was a tireless worker, volunteer and a top bloke. We had many jovial late nights together in various places around the world discussing stamps, horse racing and his beloved Collingwood Football Club.

Ross, you will be sadly missed by the whole philatelic community.

Glen Stafford

F.I.S.A. offers its condolences to the family.

 


2018 - April : Dr. Karlheinz Herdt

Reiner Stimm, President of APCD, reported on April 15th that Dr. Karlheinz Herdt passed away on April 9th, just before his 86th birthday.

Dr. Herdt was Honorary Member of APCD. He was President of the "Zentralen Arbeitskreises Luftpost - ZAKL)" in the DDR, and was a well known national and international as an author, exhibitor and judge.

APCD and FISA will always have the best remembrances and we will always remember him.

 

 

 

 


2017 - February : Dr. Hans Langisch

I.L.A., the Interessengemeinschaft Lufthansa Aerophilatelie e.V., has to announce the death of its Vice-President Dr. Hans Langisch.

Dr. Langisch was a indefatigable philatelist and visited almost every philatelic fairs with the “ILA-Aktiven”. He was always ready to help other collectors and was the right hand in preparing the magazine “Rundschreiben” of the society. Quite and  humble, he was always there when needed.

I.L.A. will always remember him and offer sincere condolences to the family.


2016 - July : Roland Felix Kohl

Roland Felix Kohl was born in Dresden, Germany on March 3, 1921 of a Swiss mother and German father. He completed his basic education in 1939. Always interested in aviation, airplanes and dirigibles, he wanted to become an aeronautical engineer.  When he started to collect stamps as a youth he reflected his penchant for aviation by seeking stamps related to that field. His ambitions took a change in 1941 when he was drafted into the German Army. Trained as a telegrapher, he was serving in that capacity when his unit was transferred to the Russian front and was wounded during fighting around Latvia, evacuated back to Germany, treated and recovered. While convalescing in Dresden he survived the February 13, 1945 horrific bombing that virtually destroyed that city. With his mother, he escaped to Leipzig where his sister, Yvonne, lived. However, she had moved to the outskirts of Nuremberg and so Roland and his mother found transportation there. Reunited, they awaited the arrival of the U.S. Army which they joyfully welcomed. When he sought to continue his education, there were no classes for Aeronautical Engineering and he enrolled in the Civil Engineering program. Upon graduation in 1952, he got a job as an engineer working for the U.S. Airforce rebuilding damaged/destroyed airports.

An old friend who had emigrated to New York before the war returned to Germany on business and tracked Roland down. He convinced Roland to come to America. Aided by his aunt and family who lived in New York, he found a place to live and got a job working for Amman and Whitney the famous bridge builders. With a team of other engineers, he designed the huge cable anchorage for the Brooklyn side of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Roland met a lovely Swedish girl, Kerstin, in New York, fell in love, and married her in January 1958. They lived happily in the city, both became U.S. citizens. In 1962 they decided to return to Europe and Roland quickly found jobs working for American engineering firms rebuilding industrial plants and refineries in Germany. In 1970 he was offered a job as Chief Engineer for the Zurich International Airport.  He and Kerstin were delighted to move to Switzerland. Unfortunately, Kerstin’s health deteriorated and eventually she died of cancer in May 1995.

All through the years after the end of World War II, Roland enlarged and maintained his philatelic collection and became active in several philatelic organizations. While at an International Philatelic Exhibition in Thailand, he fell in love with the country and after Kerstin’s death purchased a 12th floor condominium on the beach in Patong, Phuket. He was there on December 26, 2004 when the historic tsunami hit. Fortunately he was located in a sturdy 30 story building and was an observer of all the chaos that ensued.

Eventually, he developed glaucoma and macular degeneration and hearing loss. Unable to get good health care he decided in 2011 to return to the United States and live with his first cousin, André and his wife Sally in Delaware. Succumbing to various ailments, he passed away peacefully on July 11. 2016.  He was 95 years old.


2015 - September : Dr. Teddy Dahinden

Dr. Teddy Dahinden was born on January 6th 1926 in Switzerland.

He was the initiator and strong promoter of Astrophilately. As founder and President of the Society of Space Philatelists in Zürich in 1969 he organised the first 3 WERABA specialised Space Philately Exhibitions in Zurich and Luzern 1970-73.

In 1976 was elected President of the Swiss Philatelic Federation, chairing it for eleven years, where he continued the promotion by succeeding in the acceptance of the new Class Astrophilately.

He was also a great Thematic collector. His exhibit  “The Dog: Man's Friend and Helper”, built together with his wife Henrike, reached several Large Gold medals.

He was Director and FIP Vicepresident.

Dr. Dahinden passed away on the September 12th 2015 at the age of 89 years.

Source: FEPA News


2015 - April : Avedis Ketchian

The Aerophilatelic Society of Argentina reports that on Thursday, April 28 passed away our former vice president, Avedis Ketchian as a result of an accident on the street that could not be recovered.

He was 79 years old and was President of Sociedad Argentina de Aerofilatelia (Aerofila), FIP Juror Aerophilately Class, and a leading exhibitor of Aerophilately. It is an unfortunate loss for Philately and their many friends. Our condolences to his beloved family. Rest in peace.

 

 

 

 

 


2010 - December : Kuno Sollors

Kuno Sollors (1932-2010) of Germany was aerophilately's historian. A big man with a big heart and a big laugh, he promoted aerophilately throughout the world.

Following his vice presidency under Roland Kohl, Kuno served as president of FISA (International Federation of Aerophilatelic Societies) from 1998 to 2007. He reached out to airmail clubs and societies worldwide, encouraging them to join and partic-ipate in the federation. He traveled to many exhibitions and worked tirelessly to promote the collecting of airmails. He sought to increase recognition for aerophilately at the local, national and international lev-els. Since joining AAMS in the early 1960s, he worked to bring FISA Con-gresses to North America in con-junction with AAMS conventions.

Kuno authored major aerophilat­elic works on labels of German avia-tion events and zeppelins. His book, Zeppelin, Parseval & Andere Luftschiffe, was based on his collection and called the "Sollors" catalog by collectors. He contributed as an editor to various airmail catalogs, including American Air Mail Catalogue and the Michel Zeppelin-und Flug-post-Spezial-Katalog. He was a former president of the Arge Zeppelinpost, researcher, judge and dealer. Kuno received many honors during his lifetime, including the FISA Gold Pin in 1990, FISA Gold Medal in 1995, George W. Angers Memorial Award in 1996 and Aerophilatelic Hall of Fame in 2005.

In addition to collecting aero labels, Sollors assembled one of the great aerophilatelic libraries. For his lifetime collecting achievement, Kuno assembled and prepared on annotated pages a collection of the history of aerophilately and astrophilately, including its personalities, exhibitions, special events, FISA activities, souvenirs and photographs. This collec­tion is unique and tells the history of the field in a unique way. Without his tireless efforts to find the documents and details, most of this history would have been lost. A portion of his exhibit on aerophilatelic activities in North America has been exhibited in the Court of Honor during a FISA Congress in the United States.

Kuno had a special connection to the United States. As a young man, he embarked on an adventure that took him from Germany to El Paso, Texas. While working, he grew to love the southern landscape and the TexMex culture. He made lifelong friends, perfected his English and learned American humor. Kuno was charismatic, a great storyteller who enjoyed sharing ideas and laughter, especially over a beer. He took his knowledge, love of life, and charm with him as he tirelessly promoted his love of aerophilately and its community.

— Cheryl Ganz, The Airpost Journal, January 2011