13.02.2017 - In Memoriam Gerd H. Hövelmann

(wm) He was a real eloquent person, a connoisseur in many fields and an expert in almost all disciplines of philately, not to forget his great significance in his own research area, parapsychology: Gerd Heinrich Hövelmann. He was born on 20 February 1956 in Siegen (Germany) and died on 5 February 2017, having suffered from long-term lung cancer. Hövelmann studied philosophy, linguistics, literature, psychology and archeology at the University of Marburg. In 1984 Hövelmann graduated as MA and then worked as an assistant at the Faculty of Arts from 1984 to 1992. From 1993 until 1997 he owned the "Sächsischen Briefmarkenauktionshaus“ in Dresden, where he organised, with partners, six auction sessions. After this he set up his own, independent agency for communication, translations, public relations and advertising.
He was widely known for his immense literary work. He published more than 320 scientific articles and 2,000 individual publications on philately. He wrote various specials for the Deutsche Briefmarken-Zeitung (DBZ), amongst them several auction specials. For many years he contributed as a permanent collaborator to various German philatelic journals, especially the DBZ and “philatelie”. In 2008, after the demise of the DBZ, he began working for the “Deutsche Briefmarken Revue”. Unfortunately he fell ill at the beginning of 2011, suffering from a brain tumor; this limited his activities as an author. He focused mainly on the philatelic market in Germany, but also on philatelic varieties and specialties. He was also known for his involvement in the former Schwanke auctions.
Hövelmann excelled in oratory, managing to reach a level that no-one could surpass. His research was excellent and the insights that he presented were always a pleasure to read. He will be sadly missed in the world of philately.

Gerd H. Hövelmann (picture: private collection)