Ken Berger writes:
"Kay Lenker passed away on Feb. 12 peacefully after contracting pneumonia."
So sorry to hear that news. Kay was a fixture at ANA conventions for years. She recently celebrated her 100th birthday. On that occasion Pete Smith submitted a nice article about her - here's an excerpt.
Catharine R. Fean was born in Philadelphia on November 29, 1922. Her father was a mail carrier, Albin J. Fean, and her mother was also named Catharine R. (1898-1989). She received a B.A. from Immaculata in 1944 and an M.A, from San Diego State University in 1976.
Kay was certified as a meteorologist in 1945 and served on active duty in the U. S. Navy from 1944 to 1954. She retired from the Navy Reserves with the rank of Captain. She then worked with the United States Weather Bureau from 1955 to 1958 and with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography 1958 to 1978. She continued working as a consulting meteorologist 1978 to 1981.
She developed an interest in collecting coins in 1955. With her husband posted to Japan 1962 to 1965, she developed an interest in Japanese coinage. In the 1970's, she was a frequent exhibitor at shows in Southern California and often received best-of-show awards. She joined the ANA in 1961 and converted to life member LM 626. She was certified as an ANA judge in 1976. In recent years I judged an exhibit she had on Wildman coins.
As Catharine R. Fean, she was co-chairman for the San Diego Numismatic Society banquet committee in 1960 and an exhibitor in 1961. She was publicity chairman for the San Diego County Interclub Numismatic Council Coinarama in 1961.
Kay married Stuart T. Edgerton on September 1, 1961, and their marriage ended with his death on February 15, 1978. Her second marriage was to John E. Lenker on January 26, 1980, and lasted until his death on April 14, 1993.
It might take a century to compile a list of her service to coin clubs. She has organized exhibits,
managed publicity and been a program speaker. Here is an attempt, probably incomplete, to list
offices she has held.
American Numismatic Association (ANA), board member 1995-2003, general chairman for the
ANA convention in San Diego in 1983.
California Exonumist Society, president 1991-92, show chairman 1991-92, secretary 2008.
California State Numismatic Association (CSNA), show general chairman 1972-1975, 2002-
2004, bourse chair 1989-99, treasurer in 1990-2013. In 2001 she became
Assistant Editor South of the Tehachapis for Calcoin News and served until the publication merged in 2003. She then
worked for The California Numismatist until 2006.
Convention of International Numismatics (C.O.I.N.), secretary.
International Primitive Money Society, secretary/treasurer.
Numismatic Association of Southern California (NASC), board 1988-89, recording secretary
1990-1995, treasurer 1996-2008.
Numismatic Literary Guild, treasurer and co-treasurer 1985 to 2012.
Redlands Coin Club, recording secretary 1981, secretary/treasurer 1993 to 1995.
San Diego County Inter Club Numismatic Council, president 1972, 1981, editor 1973, secretary
1977, show general chairman 1972-74. treasurer 1986, bourse chair 1991-2011.
San Diego Numismatic Society, secretary for twenty years 1982-1997, president for six years.
Kay was named a Krause Publications Numismatic Ambassador in 1987. She was honored for
her service with an ANA Outstanding District Delegate Award in 1992 and a Glenn Smedley
Memorial Award in 2003. As mentioned earlier, she received the NLG Clemy Award in 2011. In
2022 she was honored with the Elvira Clain Stefanelli Memorial Award for Achievement in
Kay Lenker with Alan Herbert at the 2011 Chicago ANA
To read earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
ALAN HERBERT 1926-2013
HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY, KAY LENKER!
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: DECEMBER 18, 2022 :
Coinarama's Edgerton and Lenker Best of Show Awards
Wayne Homren, Editor
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