MD TAMS Journal editor Jane Sears kindly shared this remembrance of founding member Millard W. Hajek. Thanks also to George Cuhaj for alerting us to the article. -Editor
Millard W. Hajek October 7, 2019
The Maryland Token and Medal Society (MD TAMS) recently lost one of our Founding Fathers, Millard Hajek. Mill was one of those small handful of hobby enthusiasts
who got their heads together in 1979 and decided to form an organization for the collection and education surrounding Maryland Tokens and Medals. Millard was elected the first
President of this new organization. MD TAMS owes much of its success and longevity to Mill. He was a stalwart. Beside holding office on the MD TAMS board, he was involved in
almost all meaningful decisions made on behalf of our organization since its inception forty years ago until he was recently physically unable to attend our events.
He authored numerous articles for the Maryland TAMS Journal throughout the years. He wrote and published several of our Maryland TAMS reference books to help members research
and catalog their holdings in these collect- ing areas. He contributed much as one of our representatives to the Maryland State Numismatic Association (MSNA). When MD TAMS was
part of BANC, Mill was very active in helping BANC with the three local coin shows each year. He helped develop the concept of having MD TAMS Swap Meets each year to provide a
great venue for MD TAMS members to get together to trade, buy and sell their collectibles and to talk about our hobby interests. He developed the "Literary Bucks" that
we have given over the years to members who contribute to our outstanding Journal.
Mill did so much for our organization over the years that it is safe to say that his loss to MD TAMS will be extraordinary. MD TAMS will miss him greatly. This being said, Mill
was an even better person than he was a hobbyist. He was so helpful to new hobbyists as I can personally attest . Millard was a great person and a personal friend and mentor. He
will be missed by many and we will remember him as a cornerstone of our mutual hobby.
Ed Craig, President.
George Cuhaj submitted this photo of Will Mumford and Millard Hajek from a long-ago convention. Thanks. -Editor
Will Mumford and Millard Hajek
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