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ROLL OF DISTINGUISHED PHILATELISTS

ANTHONY

VIRVILIS

RDP 2013

Anthony B. Virvilis (1940-)

Anthony Virvilis is a retired lawyer specialising in Marine Insurance and living in Piraeus. Like many of us he has been a collector since childhood and is mainly concerned with the role of Health Offices and Lazarets in Greece. For this exhibit he has gained a National Grand Prix and gold medals at International level.

Over the past 50 years he has been responsible for well over 250 publications covering books, articles, reviews, indexes and catalogues, and many have been translated and published in several languages.

His organisational and promotional achievements in promoting Hellenic philately worldwide and Philatelic Literature in general have been extensive and are too numerous to itemise and for these has been awarded in Greece and abroad. He has served as Commissioner and Jury Member for FIP, FEPA and other exhibitions and is accredited for the disciplines of Literature and Thematic Philately.

He is presently serving as Chairman of the FIP Literature Commission since 2008, is a member of Académie Européenne de Philatélie, the Association Internationale des Journalistes Philatéliques, the Berliner Philatelisten-Klub, and has been a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society and its Special Representative in Greece for many years. He was justly awarded a special prize in 2008 for long-standing service by the FEPA Board where he served for 11 years instituting the FEPA Awards and in 2012 the prestigious Hellenic Philotelic Society’s medal.

ALEXANDER

ARGYROPOULOS

RDP 1954

Alexander G. Argyropoulos (1883-1962)

Alexander Argyropoulos was born in London at the time when his father was Greek Ambassador to the Court of St. James. He became an agricultural engineer. He formed important collections not only of the classical first issues of Greece but also of Samos and of Greek postal history. From 1930 he frequently exhibited at International Exhibitions and at Lisbon in 1953 he received the Grand Prix. From then on he occasionally served as an International Judge.

He was a great student and published many articles in Philotelia, several of which were translated and reprinted in the United States of America. From 1953 he was joint-editor of Philotelia. Very importantly he was responsible in 1934 for the Greek section of the Kohl Briefmarken Handbuch.
He was an early member of the Hellenic Philotelic Society and later The Royal Philatelic Society, London.

 


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