The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 18, May 6, 2007, Article 2

DR. JACK M. VORHIES 1923-2007

John and Nancy Wilson, Ocala, FL write: "It was with great sadness
that we recently heard of the passing of longtime numismatist and
friend Dr. Jack M. Vorhies of Greenwood, Indiana.   Dr. Vorhies, a
retired Dentist, passed away on March 12th at the age of 84.  Dr.
Vorhies was a collector since 1970 and had great interest in Indiana,
Kentucky and Ohio proof notes.  He also avidly collected Federal
proofs, die proof vignettes, engraved checks and documents, artwork
of engravers, and other paper money related items including Revenue
Stamped Paper and Stamps.

"We visited Dr. Vorhies about 15 years ago and were able to see his
great numismatic library.  He was very proud of his terrific library
which included mostly books on Syngraphics. We could see that he took
tender loving care of every book he owned and treasured it as he would
a family member.  Dr. Vorhies also leather bound the publications he
received from the Society of Paper Money Collectors (Paper Money) and
Essay Proof Society (EPS is no longer in existence).  He also took
other references that were soft bound or had damaged covers and had
them leather bound.

"We talked to Dr. Vorhies in 2003 and convinced him that his 'Syngraphic
Library' would add greatly to the American Numismatic Association library.
Dr. Vorhies donated this important library to the ANA in 2004.  ANA
Librarian Nancy Green along with Numismatic Literature Specialist Charles
Davis were amazed at the tremendous references that were donated by Dr.
Vorhies, and were now part of the ANA Library.  Many, if not most of
these references currently reside in the ANA Dwight Manley Library,
and Frank Katen Rare Book Room.   This great donation helped to make
the ANA Dwight Manley Library one of the best in the world in the area
of Syngraphics.

"Dr. Vorhies was also a co-author of the Indiana Obsolete Notes and
Scrip reference along with Wendell A. Wolka and Donald A. Schramm,
which was published by Krause Publication in 1978.

"Dr. Vorhies participated in many of the paper money conventions held
annually in Memphis, Chicago and St. Louis.  For the past several years
he shared a table at the IPMS Memphis convention with J. Roy Pennell.
It was always fun to stop and visit with Dr. Vorhies and talk about
paper money.  He had exceptional knowledge of banknotes, engraving
companies and their engravers.  He helped us at times with information
and notes for our collection.

"Dr. Vorhies was born in Indianapolis in 1923.  As a young man he was
drafted, went to Officer Candidate School, and served in the 102
Infantry - WW ll European Theatre.  He served for 18 months.  From
the Military, he entered Dental School and later became a DDS, MSD,
specializing as an Orthodonist. He met his future wife Georgia when
he was 15.  They were married three years later and had seven children.

"We can remember many times Dr. Vorhies telling us how proud and happy
he was with his wife Georgia and their children.  Many times Georgia
would accompany her husband to the conventions.  It was always nice to
see Georgia and Dr. Vorhies at conventions. This was a wonderful and
loving couple who were always smiling and had kind words to say to
everyone who stopped to say hello.

"Dr. Jack Vorhies was a kind and gentle person who will be missed by
his hundreds of friends in the numismatic community.  We want to wish
Georgia and her family our sincere condolences and prayers on this sad
loss.  Dr. Jack Vorhies will live in the memories of everyone who
crossed his path."

To read Vorhies' obituary in the March 14, 2005 Indianapolis Star, see:
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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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