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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 19, May 7, 2006, Article 7

FLORENCE SCHOOK 1917-2006

John and Nancy Wilson write: "We were informed of the passing of
Past ANA President Florence Schook at the age of 88.  Florence
also served as President of the Central States Numismatic Society
and Michigan State Numismatic Society.  She served for many years
on all three of these boards and advanced many educational programs,
especially YN (Young Numismatists).  Florence also had a great
impact on the numismatic direction of these important organizations.

We will always remember Florence for her tireless work while serving
on the boards of the above three organizations.  Nancy served with
Florence on the ANA Board, and I served with her on the CSNS Board.
This dynamic and hard working numismatist was the recipient of all
the major awards of the aforementioned organizations.  Florence will
be greatly missed by her thousands of friends from all over the U. S.,
and World.  She will be forever in our thoughts and memories.

MSNS Exhibit Chairman Frank Passic provided information that at
www.findagrave.com you can view a photo of Florence Schook, which
was provided by Coin World and Beth Deisher."

[Here's a shortcut to the Schook page: Schook page
-Editor]

David Ganz writes: "I knew Florence for many years and served
with her for 10 years on the ANA Board. Although I was long out of
the YN program when she became active (in the mid-1970's), we worked
well together for the YN cause particularly in raising funds for YN
projects. The Young Numismatist publication that I edited from about
1970 to 1976 pre-dates her but she was very supportive when others
were not in moving it to the mainstream Numismatist publication. She
influenced a number of today's hobby leaders including Scott Travers
and Dwight Manley. She was a good friend with whom I enjoyed talking
and exchanging holiday cards since our mutual retirement from the
ANA Board."

Scott Travers writes: "Florence Schook was one of the earliest and
perhaps most important influences on my development as a collector,
dealer and author. I first met Florence at a YN meeting and competition
when I was 13. She immediately took me under her wing. Over the next
few years she helped me to achieve my potential, culminating in 1978
when I was named “Outstanding Young Numismatist” by ANA. Florence
created a platform that allowed me to develop skills as a numismatist,
writer, speaker and exhibitor. She was an out-of-the-box thinker who
encouraged independent expression. All of this training served as the
foundation for success in later years in all of these areas. Even
after completing my period as a YN, I continued to depend on Florence
for excellent advice and guidance—and regarded her as a good friend.
Florence Schook will be sorely missed."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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