Members of the Board of Trustees commit to a term of three years. The members whose current terms will be completed in 2019 are:

Richard Ellis, MD, is a physician in the practice of pathology at a community hospital in San Pedro, California. His collection of letters and photographs centers on his interest in medical and science history. Dr. Ellis has been a member of the Manuscript Society for more than 15 years. He also serves as a board member of the George Dock Society for the History of Medicine and conducts research at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

Richard Lamm returns to the board for a second term. He is the founder of Beggin Tipp Lamm LLC, an accounting firm based in Freeport, Illinois. In his collecting life, he leans toward military and political material, especially pre-1840 French and Spanish manuscripts. Lamm was named a Fellow of the Manuscript Society at the 2012 annual meeting and the following year received the President’s Award for outstanding service to the society.

Alfred Lemmon is director of the Williams Research Center at the Historic New Orleans Collection and its curator of manuscripts. He has written or edited a number of books, most recently French Baroque Music of New Orleans. His honors include the Order of Academic Palms, the Spanish Order of Isabel the Catholic, and a Lifetime Contribution award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Lemmon last served on the Manuscript Society’s board from 2007 to 2013.

Allan Stark is a longtime resident of Orange County, California, where he practiced podiatric medicine until his recent retirement. He is a familiar presence at gatherings of the Southern California chapter as well as Manuscript Society annual meetings. In addition to his activity with the Manuscript Society, Dr. Stark has served on the Arts Board of Placentia, California, and is a former governor of the local Rotary Club.

Bill Van Laethem, is an officer of CN Rail and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) in Montreal, has been a member of the Manuscript Society since 2011. He began collecting autographs on baseball cards as a child. Today he focuses on autographs of living world leaders and historical figures—or “any significant Canadian, living or dead.” His collection includes a complete set of autographs of every Canadian prime minister since the country’s birth in 1867.

Bill VanLaethem

The Manuscript Society thanks all of them for their commitment of time, energy and financial support.

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