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31.12.2011 - In memoriam Gerhard Dusska (Vienna)
Many people considered Gerhard Dusska (b. 1940) as a real ‘veteran’ of Austrian philately. Far beyond the limits of the city of Vienna and even beyond the boundaries of Austria itself people knew

Many people considered Gerhard Dusska (b. 1940) as a real ‘veteran’ of Austrian philately. Far beyond the limits of the city of Vienna and even beyond the boundaries of Austria itself people knew him, and that for many years. Dusska - since 1982 Member of the Board of the League of Austrian Philatelic Associations – was perhaps most famous as President of the international WIPA stamp exhibitions, a function he held since 2000. The most recent edition of WIPA was that of 2008, for which he was also responsible. Gerhard Dusska died on 23 December 2011, some six weeks after he received the so-called ‘Goldenen Ehrenring’ (‘Golden Band of Honour’), the highest award that could be bestowed on him by the aforementioned league of Austrian stamp clubs. Dusska received the award for his many achievements for Austrian and international philately.

Originally trained as a coppersmith, Dusska was, from 1961 until his retirement in 1996, employed by the Fire Department of Vienna. The city of Vienna recognized his contributions to city and country in June 2006, when it awarded him with the ‘Silver Medal of the Borough of Vienna’.

Gerhard Dusska was among those philatelists who are always there for others: as a Commissioner, as president of philatelic associations and as a Member of the national Board. For more than 20 years he was dedicated to organising trilateral and multilateral meetings of the national philatelic associations of Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands and Austria. For his tireless commitment to international philately he received from the Federation of German Philatelists (BDPh) its honorary medal.

We sympathise with the family of Gerhard Dusska and his friends in Austria and abroad. A great and dedicated philatelist has died; he will always be held in honorable remembrance.