Philatelic Foundation’s Neinken Medal awarded to Massachusetts collector

Nancy Clark, of Massachusetts, was awarded the Philatelic Foundation’s Mortimer L. Neinken Medal for “meritorious service to philately” during a ceremony at The Collectors Club in New York last month.

A life-long collector, Clark has also served as a leader in organized philately in both U.S. and internationally. She currently serves as president of the Boston 2026 World Expo, which will be the next international show held in the U.S. following the previous show held in New York in 2016. Clark is also president of the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History.

A former director and treasurer of the American Philatelic Society (APS) and a past chair for Ropex and the Peach State stamp show, Clark currently serves as the president of the Mobile Post Office Society and the American Philatelic Congress. She is an active national-level exhibit judge as well as an accredited judge for international-level youth and postal history exhibits. She’s also an award-winning exhibitor of postal history, postal stationery and thematic philately.


The Neinken Medal, which is presented annually, is the highest honour of the Philatelic Foundation.

First presented in 1981, the award was renamed in 1984 in honour of Mortimer Neinken (1896-1984) after his death. Neinken was a well-known student of classic 19th-century U.S. stamps. He published numerous articles and books on 19th-century U.S. stamps—much of which is still relevant and widely used today.

Neinken was an expert for the Philatelic Foundation, which he also served as chairman. His distinguished honours include the Luff Award (1962) for distinguished philatelic research; the Lichtenstein Award (1971); and admission into the APS Hall of Fame (1985).

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