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Vera Felts
Vera Felts,
2017 Distinguished Topical Philatelist

Robert E. Lamb, 2016 Distinguished Topical Philatelis
Robert E Lamb,
2016 Distinguished Topical Philatelist

Donald Wright
Donald Wright,
2015 Distinguished Topical Philatelist


Jack Andre Denys
Jack André Denys,
2014 Distinguished Topical Philatelist

Jean C Stout, 2013 Distinguished Topical Philatelist
Jean C Stout,
2013 Distinguished Topical Philatelist

Fred Skvara
Fred Skvara,
2012 Distinguished Topical Philatelist

Distinguished Topical Philatelist Nominations Sought

The Distinguished Topical Philatelist (DTP) designation is awarded for service to topical philately in general and to the American Topical Association (ATA) in particular. It was established in 1952 and has been presented to 110 individuals since its inception. This is the most prestigious award given by the ATA. Tradition dictates that the DTP awardee signs a scroll when the award is presented. Signatures of all winners are shown in the scrolls at the right.

ATA 2017 Distinguished Topical Philatelist Selected

For her wide-ranging contributions to philately, Vera Felts has been selected to receive the American Topical Association’s highest award at the National Topical Stamp Show awards banquet June 24 in Milwaukee.

As ATA executive director since 2009, Felts has brought innovation and a positive attitude to the office and many of the organization’s programs. She spearheaded the highly successful ambassador program which has resulted in hundreds of new members, and managed the transition to a new topical checklist database, which has made ATA’s signature checklists better than ever.

For the past 18 years she has served as registration chair and managed the show cachets for the St. Louis Stamp Expo. She edited the APS gold award-winning newsletter of the Southern Illinois Stamp Club for 15 years, and co-founded its SIRPEX local show.

A life member of APS, she served eight years as coordinator of its newsletter exchange. At the Science Center in Carbondale, Illinois, in 1999 she founded a long-running youth stamp group.

Felts is revered throughout philately for her devotion to helping people advance and enjoy topical collecting.

The Distinguished Topical Philatelist (DTP) award has been presented each year since 1952, by the ATA, the largest affiliate of the American Philatelic Society. Don Smith served as chair of the selection committee. The scrolls signed by all of ATA’s 119 DTPs can be viewed here.

Robert E Lamb Selected 2016
ATA Distinguished Topical Philatelist


Career diplomat and organizational leader in philately, Robert E. Lamb of State College, Pennsylvania, has been selected as 2016 American Topical Association (ATA) Distinguished Philatelist, according to DTP committee chair Donald W. Smith. The award will be presented to Bob Lamb at the ATA Annual Meeting at 1 p.m. on June 3, 2016, in Room 1E06 of the Javits Center during World Stamp Show NY2016 in New York City.

Bob Lamb started collecting stamps in the fifth grade, and by the time he was in high school, he was an enthusiastic collector. In 1962, he graduated with a BA degree from the University of Pennsylvania. His collecting interests grew over the course of a 32-year career in the United States Foreign Service. He served as United States Assistant Secretary of State for Administration from 1983 to 1985 and then as Assistant Secretary of State of Diplomatic Security from 1987 to 1989. Bob moved into the area of organized philately as a member of the American Philatelic Society’s Board of Vice Presidents in 1989. However, he had to resign the APS position when appointed U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus from 1990 to 1993. Read more...

Donald Wright Selected 2015
ATA Distinguished Topical Philatelist

Entomologist Donald P. Wright, Jr., of Pennington, N.J., has been selected as the American Topical Association 2015 Distinguished Topical Philatelist, according to an announcement by DTP Committee chairman, Donald W. Smith. The award will be presented during the National Topical Stamp Show
in Portland, Ore., July 31-Aug. 2, 2015.

Since 1956, Don has been a member of the oldest ATA Unit established in 1951 as the Biology Unit. During the 64 years of its existence, Don has served twice as president and three different terms as Unit Vice President. In 1971-1972, Don served as editor of the unit periodical, Biophilately, and continues to serve since 1971 as associate editor for the Entomology column (thus far more than 50 columns). In addition, Don has been the author of or contributor to four ATA Handbooks on Invertebrates, Entomology and Insects (released this year). Read more...

Jack André Denys Receives Highest ATA Award

Jack André Denys received the American Topical Association's highest award, at its 65th annual show in St. Louis, June 27-29. The Distinguished Topical Philatelist award was presented to Denys, who has served as president since 2008, the longest of any president.

Jack is a life-long philatelist, who has shown leadership and vision in his role as ATA president.  The ATA has enjoyed a membership increase the last three years.  The TopicalsOnLine website for buying and selling topical stamps, electronic and archive versions of Topical Time and a comprehensive checklist database of topical stamps are among the major accomplishments during his tenure. Read more...

Jean C. Stout Selected as 2013
ATA Distinguished Topical Philatelist


Topical collector Jean C. Stout of Jackson, Mississippi, has been selected as the American Topical Association 2013 Distinguished Topical Philatelist, according to an announcement by DTP committee chairman Donald W. Smith. The award will be presented May 18, 2013, during the ATA National Topical Stamp Show in Rochester, New York. Read more...

Frederick C. Skvara is Selected as
ATA 2012 Distinguished Topical Philatelist


Physician and philatelist Frederick C. Skvara of Bridgewater, New Jersey, has been selected as the American Topical Association's 2012 Distinguished Topical Philatelist, according to DTP committee chair Donald W. Smith. The award will be presented on June 23, 2012, at the ATA annual banquet in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Read more...