In Memoriam: Dave Wrisley

May 12, 1945 – November 12, 2016

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Dave Wrisley died Saturday, November 12. Dave suffered a stroke from a blood clot that was a side effect of the treatments he was taking for prostate cancer.

As you all know, Dave, until very recently, was our webmaster, the editor of our quarterly State Revenue News, our catalog editor and Vice President. In other words, Dave was involved in everything the SRS does. He devoted a huge amount of his time to SRS duties and was responsible for much of our success. His greatest contribution was the State Revenue Catalog of which he was both editor and author.

Dave had already successfully transferred to Rob Conley the job of editor of the SRN and the job of webmaster to Adam Hahn. Jeff Hofius has agreed to take over the job of catalog editor and the Board has approved his appointment as catalog editor. All of these men are well able to uphold the high standards Dave established and their willingness to serve is greatly appreciated.

Dave’s contributions to the SRS cannot be overstated. We have lost a good friend and he will be greatly missed. However, the Board is committed to doing all that is necessary for the SRS to continue to thrive.


In Memoriam: Ken Pruess

June 21, 1932 – December 11, 2016

For many years in the early history of the State Revenue Society, Ken Pruess was the heart and soul of the organization. He was editor of the State Revenue Newsletter, as it was then known, from September 1966 through July 1973 — a total of 43 issues and almost 7 years. It was under Ken’s editorship that the Newsletter went from a rather poorly printed publication to one with much better technical qualities. In his message as the new editor in the September 1966 issue he expressed “some hesitation” on becoming editor and said he would “do my best to prepare an informative publication.” In this he more than succeeded as a glance at the issues he edited so clearly show. I think it fair to say that the much improved publication that Ken produced put the State Revenue Newsletter and state revenue collecting on the philatelic map.