The recipients are selected from among active philatelists living in southern California. Their achievements may be national or international in scope as well as local. This award may be given only once to an individual or a couple. The awardee then heads the committee to select the following year's recipient. The presentation is made at the annual SESCAL awards banquet.
|2016||Not Awarded||2015||Steven Radell|
|2014||Bill Jansen||2013||Carl Shaff II|
|2012||Betty Green and Jean Kasper||2011||David C. Pietsch|
|2010||Jerry & Gerry Winerman||2009||William A. O'Connor|
|2008||Not Awarded||2007||Dr. Gennaro Santangelo|
|2006||Dr. Larry Sherman||2005||Alan C. Campbell|
|2004||Fran Adams||2003||Dr. Jerome V.V. Kasper|
|2002||Dr. Larry Parks||2001||John S. Weigle|
|2000||Ray Clary||1999||Howard P. Green|
|1998||Lester Lanphear, III||1997||George W. Bowman|
|1996||Al and Greta Hardy||1995||Wallace A. Craig|
|1994||Lois M. Evans-de Violini||1993||Joann Thomas|
|1992||Emery and Ursula Nadasy||1991||Werner and Waltraud Helms|
|1990||James and Marian Bowman||1989||Dulcie Apgar|
|1988||Robert W. Thompson||1987||John Griffiths|
|1986||David Leeds||1985||Carl Kilgas|
|1984||Robert de Violini||1983||Austin P. Haller|
|1982||Richard S. Willing||1981||Nancy Bleasdale>|
|1980||John G. Fluck||1979||John J. Blessington|
|1978||Barbara W. de Violini||1977||Alexander Gage & Edward Fladung|
|1976||Denver and Marie Henline||1975||Sidney J. Coyne & Jack Stone (posth)|
|1974||Arthur D. Thomas||1973||Waller Sager|
|1972||Emerson A. Clark||1971||Klaas and Louise van Ingen|
|1970||C.W. (Bert) Christian||1969||Emily Moorefield|
|1968||W.E. (Gene) Tinsley||1967||Earl Oakley|
There is a special award that was established in 1987 and has been awarded to only five individuals since its inception. This "Exemplary Service Award" is given to a person "whose dedication and efforts towards the advancement of Philately merits recognition".
We are fortunate to have 4 of the 5 past recipients with us tonight. Will Marian and Jim Bowman and Waltraud and Werner Helms please stand. Their awards were presented to them in 1993, 14 years ago. Their service since then as been no less!! Thank you for all you have done and will do for philately.
This year, a sixth person is being honored. Southern California has been fortunate to have numerous individuals who have in many ways served philately. The award is presented tonight to one who has led many of these efforts for years, contributed to Philately in various ways, and has been critical to the success of SESCAL, the Federation's stamp exhibition.
I am honored to present the Federation's "Exemplary Service Award" to Wallace Craig. Please come forward to receive the plaque symbolizing this award. Although you are stepping down as SESCAL General Chairman, we know that you will continue for many years to serve Philately...Dr. Jerome Kasper
The 2017 prestigious American Philatelic Society Luff Award recipients are Fred F. Gregory, Alan Kane, and Wade Saadi. Each Luff Award winner is presented with a gold ring to commemorate the occasion.
SESCAL Bourse Chairman Fred F. Gregory, of Palos Verdes Estates, California, is the 2017 recipient of the Luff Award for Distinguished Philatelic Research. A stamp collector from boyhood, Gregory, is a member of the governing boards of several philatelic organizations, and has focused his philatelic interest on the stamps and postal history of 19th-century Hawaii for the past 40 years.
Mentored by Hawaii collectors Thurston Twigg-Smith, Wallace Beardsley, Ed Burns, and others from the prior generation, Gregory became a recognized expert in Hawaiian philately. In the late 1990s, he created the website, Post Office in Paradise, Mail & Postage Stamps of Nineteenth Century Hawaii (hawaiianstamps.com). He has authored numerous articles on Hawaiian stamps and postal history. He authored "Hawaii Foreign Mail to 1870," an award-winning three-volume set edited by Robert Odenweller and published by the Philatelic Foundation in 2012. The set earned numerous awards at the national and international level, including the Grand Award and Gold Medal for Literature at StampShow 2012; the 2012–13 Ashbrook Cup, awarded by the United States Philatelic Classics Society, and a large gold medal at World Stamp Expo 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.
His articles include
2c Ship Fee on Mail from Hawaii via San Francisco, 1849–1855, which appeared in the June 2008 edition of Western Express; and
A New Oldest Letter from Hawaii, which appeared in June 2016 in the same publication.
Gregory was born and raised in California. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his juris doctor degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall. Afterward, with the exception of three years active duty as a legal officer in the United States Coast Guard, he practiced law with the Los Angeles-based law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher from 1965 until his retirement from the partnership at the end of 2003. He specialized in the area of business litigation. He and his wife, Carol, were married in 1967 and raised a daughter and three sons.
Robert de Violini*, Lester E. Winick* and Philip T. Wall received the 1997 Luff Awards. Bob received his award for
Outstanding Service to the Society
Lois M. Evans-de Violini, Mary Ann Owens* and L. N. William* receive the 1991 Luff Awards.
Lois received her award for
Outstanding Service to the Society
Last updated - September 26, 2017