Richard H. Thompson (philatelist)
|Richard H. Thompson|
|Born||June 28, 1903|
|Died||January 5, 1985(aged 81)|
|Institution memberships||American Air Mail Society
Baltimore Philatelic Society
Society of Philatelic Americans
|Significant projects||Active in supporting air mail first day covers; served the Baltimore Philatelic Society and BALPEX|
|Significant awards||APS Hall of Fame
Thompson had a wide range of interests in stamp collecting, but is best known for his specialized interest in airmail covers of the United States. Because of his writings on the subject he was awarded the Philip Henry Ward Jr. Award.
Thompson was very active in the philatelic community. He was president of the American First Day Cover Society from 1964 to 1966, and served the Bureau Issues Association (now the United States Stamp Society) as president and chairman of the Board of Governors. He also served the American Air Mail Society as its president in 1973 and 1974, and the Society of Philatelic Americans as a director from 1972 to 1977.
Thompson remained an active member of the Baltimore Philatelic Society from 1929 until he died in 1985. He served the society in various ways, including serving as president at times and as chairman of its annual Baltimore Philatelic Exhibition (BALPEX) stamp show.
Honors and awards
For his efforts in the field of philately, Thompson received much recognition. He was awarded the Luff Award for Exceptional Contributions to Philately in 1982 and was admitted to the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame in 1986.