It is with much regret that we learn of the death of
Ralph Jacquemin on May 13th, 1999 at his home in Phoenix Arizona. He
was a veteran of the Air Force in WW II having served in England and we always
reminisced when we spoke the stamps and the past. He was a long fine Editor of
the Bulletin for which the BCSC is most indebted. He was forced to give it up as his health deteriorated some years ago.
He served as an Editor of the Arizona Philatelist
and was a Vice President of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors.
Ralph was an active Exhibitor and won many silver
and gold medals at regional, national and international Exhibitions. Included
among his many Belgian Congo exhibits were: The postal Stationery of the Belgian
Congo; The Palms issues; Blocks of four and more/Congo 1894-1925; and Mols
booklet pane stamps.
He was a veteran plater who had the distinction of
plating one of the 5 centimes (either 1910 or 1915) by finding 50 postal cards
on which each of the plate positions had been postally used-a truly remarkable
Ralph also did the presentation/mounting of several
grand award exhibits for other philatelists.
Ron Strawser, who assisted your Editor in this
report, states "He was a good friend always willing to help other
collectors and his home was always open to visiting BCSC members" and that
he had the pleasure of working with Ralph on numerous occasions.