March 21, 2019: The Board of Election of the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists met to offer four philatelists from around the world the highest philatelic honor possible: an invitation to add their signatures to the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists. The Roll, founded in May of 1921, is a collection of prestigious philatelic scholars who are recognized and chosen for their remarkable achievement, scholarship, and service to philately. This year's honorees are:
Prakob Chirakiti (Thailand)
Guy Dutau (France)
Hany Salam (Egypt)
Alan Warren (USA)
On May 31, at a ceremony during the Stockholmia 2019 exhibition in Sweden, these philatelists will join a celebrated body that welcomed King George V as the first signatory, and more recently received APS noteworthies Barbara Mueller, Wade Saadi, Peter McCann, and many others.
Prakob Chirakiti RDP
Prakob Chirakiti has been a major force in Asian and world philately for a number of years. He is a member of the board of directors of FIP (Fédération Internationale de Philatélie) and bureau member for traditional philately; a board member of FIAP (Federation of Inter-Asian Philately); and secretary of the Grand Prix Club.
A driving force behind several major international philatelic exhibitions, most recently Thailand 2016, Prakob has been a regular jury member on exhibitions around the world, acted as consultant and FIP liaison to numerous exhibitions. He himself has formed formidable collections of Classic Siam, which have received recognition as winners of Grand Prix at several FIAP and FIP exhibitions. He showed his classic Siam at the Royal Philatelic Society London in April 2008. As a student of Siamese philately he has contributed articles for others to gain better knowledge of the subject.
Guy Dutau RDP
Whilst best known on the international stage for collections relating to the disinfection and purification of mail, Guy Dutau has numerous other collecting interests having formed and exhibited collections on many subjects including France, Egypt, Chile, Peru and Haiti.
Guy displays and exhibits his collections at local, national and international levels as well as serving on philatelic juries at a national and international level. His natural curiosity is applied to his many philatelic subjects and countries and his researches are willingly shared with others, both personally and through the publications that he has authored. Guy’s most recent major work is “La Désinfection des lettres en France et dans les pays occupés: Histoire, règlements, lazarets, pratiques,” published in 2017, which is a monument to his decades of research and brings together meticulous scientific, historical and philatelic information. Numerous articles in magazines of record cover a wide range of subjects and he is a regular and popular presenter on philatelic subjects. His contribution was recognised by his appointment as Chevalier di l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2001.
Hany Salam RDP
Hany Salam has been secretary-general of the Philatelic Society of Egypt, vice president of the Philatelic Society of Egypt and past editor-in-chief of L’Orient Philatélique. Little happens within the philatelic scene in Egypt that does not involve him. Hany is equally active on the European stage. He is lead organiser of the display of Egyptian material being shown at Monacophil 2019; a regular jury member at FEPA (Federation of European Philatelic Associations); and is a qualified FIP (Fédération Internationale de Philatélie) postal history judge; acting as Egyptian national commissioner for several exhibitions.
Hany has formed important collections of the maritime mail routes of Egypt, receiving medals up to international large gold and has made a special study and exhibit of the first King Fuad photogravure issue. Beyond his organisational work, one of his greatest contributions to the philately of Egypt has been his research in the Egyptian National Archives, having already uncovered and recorded a wealth of important information. This is a continuing project that will, through his efforts, preserve material and information for future students.
Alan Warren RDP
Active in organised philately in both the USA and the Nordic region, Alan Warren has been a significant contributor to philatelic collecting, writing, organisational work and exhibiting since the 1970s. Within the USA, Alan has been honoured with the John N. Luff award given by the American Philatelic Society in 2002 and the Collectors Club of New York gave him the Alfred F. Lichtenstein award. His positions have included President of the Scandinavian Collectors Club and the Scandinavian Philatelic Foundation as well as president of the APS Writers Unit.
Over very many years, when there was philatelic work to do, Alan was found among those who volunteered. An accredited chief judge for both philately and philatelic literature, Alan has been active in exhibitions in both the USA and Scandinavia as an organiser and exhibitor, with several high awards including Grands and Reserve Grands. His collecting interests are focused on the Nordic region but also include Tibet and aspects of USA philately. A prolific author, he was the recipient of the Charles J. Peterson Philatelic Literature Lifetime Achievement award and has published articles in over 70 philatelic journals and magazines. Alan has been the editor for multiple philatelic publications, including the Stamp Club Newsletter.
The APS would like to offer its congratulations to all new RDP members for the recognition of their hard work on behalf of philatelists around the world. We also offer a special congratulations and thank you to Alan Warren, who has been a member of the American Philatelic Society for more than fifty years, not to mention the 2002 recipient of the Luff Award for Exceptional Contributions to Philately. Alan's energy and commitment to furthering philatelic knowledge continue to have an immeasurable impact on collectors, educators, and historians within the APS as well as around the world.
The signing ceremony will take place on May 31, 2019, in the Hall of Mirrors (Spegelsalen) in the Grand Hôtel, Stockholm, Sweden. The event is open to all who wish to attend. For more information on the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists, visit their website. Biographical information of new RDP members was provided by the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists.