Catherine Bullowa-Moore, a professional numismatist for more than six decades and a founding member in 1955 of the Professional Numismatists Guild, died in her sleep May 15 at her suburban Philadelphia home at age 97.
Mrs. Bullowa-Moore, always the consummate numismatist, held PNG Member No. 003, bestowed upon her Jan. 1, 1955.
The PNG recognized Mrs. Bullowa-Moore, a native of Larchmont, N.Y., with its first Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 and in 2013 with the guild’s Art Kagin Ambassador Award “for distinguished service as an advocate of numismatic goodwill.”
Initial work to establish PNG began in 1953. Abe Kosoff became the founding president in 1954, when membership began. Incorporation was in 1955.
Mrs. Bullowa-Moore also held decades-long memberships in the International Association of Professional Numismatists, the American Numismatic Association, the American Numismatic Society, the Royal Numismatic Society, the American Society of Appraisers, the New York Numismatic Club, and Women in Numismatics. She was named to the United States Assay Commission in 1965.
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Numismatics was Mrs. Bullowa-Moore’s passion, and remained so up to her passing.
PNG Secretary James Simek from Numisgraphics Enterprises in Westchester, Ill., said he knew Mrs. Bullowa-Moore for more than 50 years and credits his becoming a professional numismatist to his association with her.
Although Mrs. Bullowa-Moore never had any children of her own, Simek said she treated him like a son. Simek said he made it a point to call her on Mother’s Day every year no matter where he was, and 2017 was no different. After returning home on Mother’s Day May 14 from family commitments, Simek said, he made the annual telephone call, which Mrs. Bullowa-Moore was expecting.
Mrs. Bullowa-Moore expressed that she was hoping to see Simek at the Whitman Baltimore Expo in June, as she had enjoyed their visit at the previous Baltimore show. Simek said he assured Mrs. Bullowa-Moore that he would make it a point to meet her at the Baltimore show, despite another numismatic commitment at the same time.
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