Doris M. Green R. D. P F.R S.P.L.
It is with great sorrow that we record the death on
in March 1999 of Doris Green who was a Founder Member of the BCSC and its
President from 1983 to 1985. We shall greatly miss her.
It is thanks to her that the BCSC was formed in 1951
and she always took an enthusiastic interest in our activities and well-being.
For our first three years we held our two-monthly meetings at her home and the
that she provided were truly memorable.
Doris's prime philatelic interest was Saar, of which
she built a gold medal collection, and Congo was only a side-line but she had a
fine collection of the postal history of Belgian Occupied German East Africa
which she displayed not only to us but to many other societies.
In her later years her eyesight failed. When she was
no longer able to see the detail of her stamps she reluctantly decided to
dispose of them; the Congo were sold through the BCSC and many of us now enjoy
the ownership of some of her treasures.
Doris was an enthusiastic Fellow of the Royal
Philatelic Society, London. Joining in 1934 she was its longest serving member
and her loyalty was rewarded by the rare distinction of being elected an
Honorary Fellow in 1990.
Her great contribution to the hobby was generally
appreciated when in 1970 she was invited to sign the Roil of
Our sincere condolences have been sent to Rosemary,
her daughter, who is a good friend of several of us and who, in later years,
accompanied her mother to our meetings.