The Philatelic Foundation awarded its Neinken Medal to Cheryl Ganz for meritorious service to philately. The award was presented Oct. 23 by Donald Sundman, vice chairman of the Philatelic Foundation board of trustees.
In presenting the award, Sundman outlined Ganz’s many achievements, including her tenure as the chief curator of philately for the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
While chairman of the National Postal Museum’s Council of Philatelists, Sundman worked with Ganz in successfully funding and building the William H. Gross Stamp Gallery.
Ganz retired at the end of February from her position as chief curator at the museum. In March, she was appointed to the United States Postal Service’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee.
She also has written seven books and is an expert on all things philatelic related to the Hindenburg passenger airship.
In accepting the award, Ganz paid tribute to six philatelic mentors: Thomas Fuerst, Arthur Salm, Bernard Hennig, Charles Peterson, her late husband Felix Ganz, and her predecessor at the museum W. Wilson Hulme.
In addition, she thanked Richard John, who was in attendance, and whose writing has combined the study of postal and communications history.
The award is named in honor of Mortimer M. Neinken (1896–1984), a student of U.S. classic stamps and a chairman of the Philatelic Foundation.
Founded in 1945, the Philatelic Foundation, www.philatelicfoundation.org, is a nonprofit philatelic expertizing service.