The Luff Award

The Luff Award is presented for Meritorious Contributions to Philately by Living Philatelists

The Luff Award was established in 1940 in memory of John N. Luff, APS president from 1907 to 1909, who was considered the most prominent American philatelist of his era. View a listing of Current Honorees or Previous Honorees

Three Annual Awards

The APS Luff Awards are available annually for:

  1. Distinguished Philatelic Research
  2. Exceptional Contributions to Philately, and
  3. Outstanding Service to the American Philatelic Society.

Awards are presented at STAMPSHOW, the Society's annual convention and exhibition. Recipients sign the Luff Award Scroll and are presented with engraved rings and individually prepared mementos.

Nominations:

All nominations must be submitted to the Luff Awards Committee in writing and on a completed nomination form by December 15th for consideration for the following year.

  • Nominations more than five years old will not be considered active. However, nominees may again be nominated to the Committee or reinstated by a Committee member for further consideration.
  • Luff Award Committee members may also submit nominations of individual names for consideration by the full Committee.
  • Self nominations for a Luff Award or a nomination by a family member of a nominee will not be considered.

 

Eligibility for Luff Award(s):

  1. Everyone in philately is potentially eligible for consideration to receive a Luff Award.
  2. Nominees must be living when nominated by the committee.
  3. Membership in the American Philatelic Society is not a prerequisite to being a nominee, except in the category “Outstanding Service to the American Philatelic Society.”
  4. Contributions to the hobby by a nominee for a Luff Award should be of a national or international nature and recognized throughout philately in general; i.e., and not be recognized only within a single organization or geographic region.
  5. Employees of the Society will not be eligible for consideration while still employed by the Society. By Board recommendation, the consideration of former APS employees will be made only on those achievements made while not in the employ of the APS.
  6. Members of the Board of Directors, including the Immediate Past President, will not be eligible for consideration while in office.
  7. Appointed committee and subcommittee chairpersons and members of committees and subcommittees are eligible for nomination for a Luff Award while still serving in an appointed position.
  8. The Luff Award will not be issued to a person only because that person achieved a leadership position in philately but contributed or accomplished little or nothing noteworthy during the term(s) of service.
  9. Professional dealer members of the hobby may be eligible for consideration if their contributions are deemed meritorious. The contributions must result from his/her specific decisions, actions or practices.
  10. A previous Luff Award winner may be eligible for an additional Luff Award(s) in another category in a different year providing his/her contributions are meritorious of an additional Luff Award. The additional award should be in a category different from the previous Luff Award and given with consideration only of achievements made after the previous award.

Current 2019 Luff Honorees

Thomas M. Lera, R. Timothy Bartshe, and Kathryn J. Johnson have been chosen to receive the 2019 John N. Luff Awards. The recipients have been honored at the 2019 StampShow / National Topical Stamp Show Celebration Banquet in Omaha, Nebraska.

Thomas M. Lera
Distinguished Philatelic Research

R. Timothy Bartshe
Exceptional Contributions
to Philately

Kathryn J. Johnson
Outstanding Service to the American Philatelic Society

 

Previous Luff Award Winners

Biographies included were current as of the date of the recipient's award.

Year
Distinguished
Philatelic Research
Exceptional Contributions
to Philately
Outstanding Service
to the Society
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
Not Given
2008
Stanley S. Luft
Nancy B. Clark
Peter P. McCann
2007
Roger S. Brody
Stephen D. Schumann
E. Eugene Fricks
2006
Harlan F. Stone II
Joseph E. Foley*
Charles J. Peterson*
2005
Alfred F. Kugel
Cheryl Edgcomb
Ann Triggle*
2004
Kurt Kimmel
Diane Boehret*
John M. Hotchner
2003
Reuben Ramkissoon
George B. Griffenhagen
W. Danforth Walker
2002
Anthony S. Wawrukiewicz
Alan Warren
William L. Welch, Jr.*
2001
George B. Arfken
Elizabeth G. Towle
David A. Flood
2000
Calvet M. Hahn*
James H. Bruns
Randy Laning Neil
1999
Richard F. Winter
John E. Lievsay
Frank L. Sente
1998
Varro E. Tyler*
Raymond Weill*
F. Burton Sellers*
1997
Philip T. Wall
Lester E. Winick*
Robert de Violini*
1996
Victor E. Engstrom*
Robert P. Odenweller
Not Given
1995
Ernst M. Cohn*
Charles Jenkins
Gordon P. Wrenn
1994
Hubert C. Skinner*
Jerome D. Husak
Keith A. Wagner*
1993
C.W. 'Bert' Christian*
Jacques Minkus*
Not Given
1992
Richard B. Graham*
Belmont Faries*
Herbert A. Trenchard
1991
L. Norman Williams*
Mary Ann Owens*
Lois Evans de Violini
1990
Austin Haller*
Leo August*
Dmytro Bykovetz, Jr.*
1989
Werner M. Bohne*
Clyde Jennings*
Not Given
1988
Karl H. Schimmer*
Charles J. Peterson*
Wilbur F. Cannon*
1987
Henry M. Gobie*
Kenneth A. Wood
William H. Bauer*
1986
Charles J. Starnes*
Susan McDonald*
Walton Eugene Tinsley*
1985
Thomas J. Alexander*
James H. Beal*
Robert L.D. Davidson*
1984
Dr. Soichi Ichida*
Gordon C. Morison
Not Given
1983
Robert G. Stone*
F. Burton Sellers*
John E. Foxworth, Jr.*
1982
Carl H. Werenskiold*
Richard H. Thompson*
Bernard A. Hennig*
1981
Charles A. Fricke*
Enzo Diena*
Cyrus R. Thompson*
1980
George E. Hargest*
Robson Lowe*
Emerson A. Clark*
1979
Philip Silver*
William W. Wylie*
Not Given
1978
George W. Brett*
John R. Boker, Jr.*
Daniel W. Vooys*
1976
Denwood N. Kelly*
Ernest A. Kehr*
George T. Turner*
1974
Horace W. Harrison*
Eugene Costales*
George M. Martin*
1972
Alex L. ter Braake*
Edward N. Sampson*
Frederick B. Thomas*
1970
Creighton C. Hart*
Ezra Cole*
Mrs. Arthur G. Lane*
1968
Arnold H. Warren*
Herbert J. Bloch*
Anna D. and Paul J. Plant*
1966
Richard McP. Cabeen*
Henry E. Harris*
H. Clay Musser*
1964
Judge Edward I.P. Tatelman*
James M. Chemi*
Joseph M. Clary*
1962
Mortimer L. Neinken*
Earl P. L. Apfelbaum*
George A. Blizil*
1961
Frank J. Kovarik*
Herman Herst, Jr.*
Charles C. Cratsenberg*
1958
Col. James T. DeVoss*
Henry Abt*
Bernard Davis*
1956
Barbara R. Mueller*
Daniel W. Vooys*
Not Given
1954
Sol Glass*
Dr. Holland A. Davis*
Not Given
1952
Winthrop S. Boggs*
Van Dyk Mac Bride*
Major James T. DeVoss*
1950
Max G. Johl*
Donald F. Lybarger*
Laurence D. Shoemaker*
1948
Lester G. Brookman*
Chester Smeltzer*
Harry L. Lindquist*
1946
Clarence W. Brazer*
Lester G. Brookman*
David Lidman*
1944
Dr. Carroll Chase*
Elliott Perry*
Col. Ralph A. Kimble*
1940
Stanley B. Ashbrook*
August Dietz*
Not Given

* Deceased

John N. Luff

John N. Luff, APS President

Winners:

Current Honoree Bios

List of previous winners

 

Nomination Form

Luff Award Nomination Form

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