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02.08.2010 - Smithsonian’s NPM Honors Philatelic Achievement
The National Postal Museum has announced two recipients of the 2010 Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award: Michael Madesker and Robert P. Odenweller. The award celebrates outstanding lifetime

The National Postal Museum has announced two recipients of the 2010 Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award: Michael Madesker and Robert P. Odenweller. The award celebrates outstanding lifetime accomplishments in the field of philately, including original research that significantly advances the understanding of philately and postal history, exceptional service to the philatelic community and the overall promotion of philately for the benefit of current and future collectors. The honorees were selected by the National Postal Museum Council of Philatelists, a 29-member body of American and international philatelists, from open nominations submitted in the past year. The awards will be presented on October 16, at the 2010 National Postal Museum Gala Awards reception.


Michael Madesker (Canada), left on the picture, is a fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London and The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada. He is has also signe the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists. His devotion to youth and humanity was exemplified in the work he did with the disabled and underprivileged as he taught philately seminars and workshops in the local hospital and libraries. Thanks to the success of these programs he was asked to direct the International Youth Exhibitions in Toronto and Montreal. In 1992, he was elected President of the FIP Commission for Youth Philately, serving an unprecedented three terms ending in 2004. During his tenure, he helped to establish a philatelic program in Asia, similar to the one he created in Canada. Madesker is the recipient of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal and the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada’s President Medal for Outstanding Philatelic Achievement, among countless others.


Robert P. Odenweller (USA), right on the picture, is a researcher, writer and judge. His national and international leadership in each role has demonstrated his exceptional knowledge and expertise while he has mentored scores of now-accomplished philatelic leaders. His research has produced several seminal Works, like ‘The Postage Stamps of New Zealand 1855-1873: The Chalon Head Issues’ and ‘The Stamps and Postal History of Nineteenth Century Samoa’. He has written many articles and his exhibits have won the American Philatelic Champion of Champions and the Fédération of Internationale de Philatélie Grand Prix d’Honneur. Odenweller edits the Collectors Club Philatelist and was governor for the Board of the Collector Club of New York, president of the FIP Commission for Traditional Philately, director of the American Philatelic Society board and director of the International Association of Philatelic Experts. Odenweller signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists and received the Alfred. F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award.