Bob Leuver of Timonium, MD writes:
Catherine was a warm and sincere person. She was kind, understanding and so friendly.
I remember walking the ANA Convention aisles in San Diego. Must have been 1983. It was my first ANA convention as director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. My wife was with me. Catherine
came from behind her bourse table and greeted us warmly. I was surprised at meeting such a genuine person. The three of us went for coffee.
Catherine devoted considerable time explaining the intricacies of coin shows to my wife--how the bourse worked, auctions and the caliber of dealers and collectors. Then Catherine took us on a
personal tour of the bourse floor. What a tour - so many dealers saluted us as we walked by, knowing that it was Catherine who was our guide.
A year later when our daughter was born, Catherine was the first to ask how she was. Catherine always sought out my wife or myself to ask how we were, how our daughter was, and, did we need
anything. Catherine's warmth was not about numismatics, but something personal. A glowing warmth and genuine concern about how you were. And, what could she do for you.
In retrospect, Catherine's genuine and personal qualities, made her such a beloved person and successful and respected numismatist and dealer.
Rest In Peace, Catherine!
Jeff Rock of San Diego writes:
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Catherine Bullowa-Moore. A very fine woman, and one who knew her stuff and knew it well. I remember seeing her at a show in the early 1980's and she
had a couple of rather rare colonial coins in her case, including a lovely nearly Uncirculated Pine Tree Shilling -- priced fairly, but well out of my league as a late-teenager. A rather slick
gentleman tried to convince her that they were fakes and worth only a few dollars, obviously thinking she didn't know much about coins and he might scare her into selling them.
She then went into detail about what they were, which books they were plated in and described in and noted that she had owned them for over a quarter of a century. The man withered in defeat and
the smile she flashed afterwards could easily have been read as "don't mess with me boys, this isn't my first time at the rodeo."
While the hobby is definitely still male-dominated, she showed that anyone who put their mind to it, did the work required to learn something about coins and treated people fairly and with
integrity could make it! There wasn't an "Old Boy's Club" that wouldn't have loved to have her as a member!
Thanks, everyone. We've lost another of the Greats. -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
CATHERINE BULLOWA-MOORE (1919-2017) (http://www.coinbooks.org/v20/esylum_v20n21a09.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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