PSSC Members Who Are Signatories of the
Roll of Distinguished Philatelists (RDP)

Considered the highest honour in philately, seven Canadians have singed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists. Of these philatelic celebrities, six are PSSC members, past and present.

The images in this section were created under contract by Ms. Monica Bodirsky with the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). The original framed portraits line a ‘wall of fame' at the PSSC meeting venue, the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation in Toronto.

1935 Frederick Jarrett

  • Best known for his research in British North America philately culminating in 1929 in the publication of his Standard British North American Catalogue.
  • Known as the First Dean of Canadian philately.
  • In April 1974, he received the Order of Canada for his contributions to Canadian philately. He was 85 at the time.
  • Awarded the British North America Philatelic Society’s (BNAPS) Order of the Beaver in 1968.

1947 The Honourable James Alexander Calder, P.C.

  • Researched, plated, exhibited, published and became the specialist in the 1859 issues of Canada.
  • Was a specialist in Saskatchewan revenue stamps.
  • Contributed to Jarrett’s catalogue.

1951 Gerald E. Wellburn

  • Best known for his study, publication and award-winning exhibits of Vancouver Island and British Columbia and for his endless enthusiasm for preserving the history of the region.
  • Was a specialist in Saskatchewan revenue stamps.
  • Awarded the BNAPS Order of the Beaver in 1969.
  • The Gerald E. Wellburn Foundation continues to promote philately on Vancouver Island.

1963 Vincent Graves Greene

  • Known to friends as Vinnie he coauthored The Postal History of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick published in 1964.
  • He published more in his area, exhibited, judged and served philately in numerous ways.
  • 1975 he established the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation
  • Awarded the BNAPS Order of the Beaver in 1969.
  • Presented with the Lichtenstein Award in 1964 by the Collectors Club of New York.

1991 Harry Sutherland, Q.C.

  • Extensive involvement with the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation and its activities to promote philately.
  • Collected, published and exhibited Montenegro, Yugoslavia and several other specialities.
  • Was on the executive of innumerable Canadian and international philatelic organizations.
  • Awarded the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) Medal of Service in 2002.
  • Presented with the BNAPS Order of the Beaver Lifetime Achievement Award 2003.
  • Presented with the Lichtenstein Award in 2002 by the Collectors Club of New York.

1995 Kenneth Rowe

  • Best known for his seminal work The Postal History of the Forwarding Agents first published in 1966 and his gold medal exhibits on this topic.
  • A manager by profession he organized CAPEX 1978, 1987 and 1996.
  • He served as president of the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation.

2000 Michael Madesker

  • An eclectic collector, writer and exhibitor likely best known for his Postal History of Venice from 1400 until 1797.
  • Noted for his service to philately in executive positions with Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, CAPEX’96 and with the FIP Commission for Youth Philately. It is in this last endeavour where he is best known.
  • Michael had predominant roles in the two International Youth shows as well as CANADA 82 and CANADA 92.
  • Received the Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award in 2010.