News release issued by the Chicago Coin Club:
Philip J. Carrigan, passed away January 29, 2018. He joined the
Chicago Coin Club May 10, 1989 as member 1013. Phil was a life member
of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), served as the Education
Chairman at the Chicago 1999 ANA Convention, worked as a volunteer at
Chicago’s 2011, 2013-15 ANA Conventions and received the ANA
Presidential Award in 2014.
Phil had a deep interest in Barber coinage. In 1989 he became a
charter member of the Barber Coin Collectors’ Society, served as
President (1994-2015), made many contributions to their journal and
received their 2015 Award of Appreciation. He was a charter member of
the John Reich Collectors Society and a member of the Numismatic
Bibliomania Society where he also served on their Board.
What coin struck in the second half of the 20th
century has a doubled die obverse, dates of two sizes and an
RPM? John Wexler explains.
Also inside this issue, Joel Orosz checks out what was in the
first “superstar” collection’s auction catalog.
Phil collected Canadian and Maritime decimal coins and tokens, was
a life member of the Canadian Numismatic Association and attended most
of their annual conventions.
Phil was an avid collector of Canadian and United States numismatic
literature, including books, auction catalogues, fixed price lists and
related material. He enjoyed reading the history of early collectors
as told through the auction of their collections. His library was so
large, he frequently wondered if it was too heavy for the second floor
of his home. Phil was a recognized figure at most major numismatic
literature auctions and recognized as an expert in the field.
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rA native of
Massachusetts, Phil earned an undergraduate pharmacy degree from
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, a master’s degree from Northeastern
University and a Ph.D. in pharmacokinetics from the University of
Connecticut. He finished graduate studies at University of Buffalo. He
joined Abbott Laboratories in 1974 and served for 30 years working in
the area of pharmaceutical research and development. In 1985 he was
inducted into Abbott’s prestigious Volwiler Society which recognizes
their most distinguished scientists and engineers.
Phil is survived by his wife Mary Clare Jakes, daughter Erin
Carrigan, son-in-law Jeremy Bell and twin granddaughters Audrey and Elizabeth.
Phil was a dedicated volunteer and advocate in Waukegan and Lake
County, Illinois. He was elected as a Trustee at the College of Lake
County and also served as Chairman of the Board. He worked tirelessly
with numerous organizations dedicated to helping the homeless, the
hungry and visiting prisoners. In lieu of flowers, donations can be
made to the Eddie Washington Center, which provides transitional
housing for homeless single men in Lake County Illinois.