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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 49, December 3, 2006, Article 10

MEDALLIC ART AT WILLIAM LOUTH MEMORIAL SERVICE

Dick Johnson writes: "Good wife Shirley and I drove to Cape Cod
Saturday (Dec 2, 2006) to attend the memorial service for William
T. Louth who died November 17th. Bill had been a luminary in the
numismatic field for two decades spanning the 1960s and 70s. Both
Shirley and I had worked for Medallic Art Company under Bill's
presidency, culminating in the great outpouring of medals for the
American Bicentennial 1976.

We knew the Louth family and had visited Bill several times
recently, showing up with tape recorders in hand and pestering
him with questions, the latest visit was September 25, just 25
days before his death. (Reported here in The E-Sylum (vol 9, no 44,
article 4). He was kind in answering all our questions and had
sharp recall for these personal memories.

The memorial service was religious (as was Bill). Appropriately,
near the end of the sermon the pastor held up a gift he had received
from Bill. It was a very famous medallic work, the Mark Twain Birth
Centenary Plaquette by Laura Gardin Fraser. He read the inscription
on this 1935 plaquette and noted how true this was of Bill's life:
"Always do right, this will gratify some people and astonish the rest."
The large galvano with Bill's portrait by Gilroy Roberts was also on
display.

One wonders if the service for our life's heritage would be read
from a medallic item and what would it say."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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