Longtime Illinois coin dealer Larry Whitlow, 72, died Nov. 4.
He had been in the coin business since 1959 and was known for his
knowledge of high-grade 20th century coins.
Mr. Whitlow was owner of Larry Whitlow Ltd. In Oakbrook Terrace,
Ill., about 20 miles west of Chicago.
He was a life member of both the American Numismatic Association and
the Central States Numismatic Society.
He was also a member of the Professional Numismatists Guild for 45
years. He was also a past member of the PNG board.
In 2003 PNG presented Mr. Whitlow with its Lifetime Achievement
Award for being “a role model for future rare coin dealers. He
specializes in helping advanced collectors, but always takes the time
to teach and nurture beginning collectors about the enjoyment and
intricacies of the hobby,” said PNG Executive Director Robert
Brueggeman at the time of the award’s presentation.
In 2005 Mr. Whitlow was presented with the Sol Kaplan Award by the
PNG. The honor is jointly presented by PNG and the Lewis M. Reagan
Foundation to recognize those who work to rid the profession of fraud
and thievery, and for upholding PNG’s ethical standards.
In his presentation for the Kaplan Award, PNG board member Gary
Adkins said Mr. Whitlow “worked with local and federal investigators,
including the FBI, to uncover a nationwide, fraudulent investment
scheme involving coins. Larry’s nearly two-years of invaluable
assistance helped prosecutors obtain a conviction and prison sentence
for the perpetrator, and helped victims receive several hundred
thousands in restitution.”
Mr. Whitlow is survived by his wife, Eva Sabaitis-Whitlow, five
children and two grandchildren.
Visitation will be Nov. 9 from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Knollcrest Funeral
Home, 1500 S. Meyers Road in Lombard, Ill.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at the All Saints
Lutheran Church, 13350 S. La Grange Road, Orland Park, Ill.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American
Cancer Society, 1801 S Meyers Road, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181, or to
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT 84741.
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