Born in Boston, John developed an interest in coin and stamp collecting at an early age, and also picked up the odd shell during the summer months. After enlisting in the Air Force in 1972, he received a posting on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam in 1975 where he joined the Reef Roamers Shell Club on the base. Eventually, he was assigned to Hickam AFB, Hawai’i in 1978. He became a member of the Hawaiian Malacological Society, met his wife, Cheryl, in 1980, and after four years there, was transferred to San Antonio where he was stationed for four and a half years before returning to Hawai’i in 1987 for another six years. He and Cheryl arrived in Florida in 1993. He retired from the Air Force in 1996 after 24 years. He worked at the Base Exchange on MacDill AFB for 21 years before retiring in 2019.
Over the years he has gone form a general collector to specializing in several families and fossils. His main interests are limpets, Spondylidae, Strombidae, Cymatiidae/Ranellidae, Hawaiian fossils, and Florida fossils. During his stint in San Antonio, he rekindled his stamp collecting when he discovered that there were stamps depicting shells. His collection has grown tremendously over the years to include stamps, postal stationary, covers, cinderella items, and picture postcards.
John will be giving us a program on Shells on Stamps.
John and Cheryl have won many awards for their exhibits and work extremely hard for the Conchologists of America. They have been Silent auction chairmen for many years and have earned the Neptunea award from COA.
Many of you may remember John as one of our Scientific judges for our last shell show.
I hope you can make our ZOOM format. For those of you who are not joining our ZOOM meetings, I hope you will consider joining us. We do have a nice time and get to chat, see speakers who would normally not be able to appear in person at a club meeting and learn. We still do not have a date that we can meet at the Civic Center, but it is nice to keep in touch this way until the Civic center opens back up.