05.08.2016 - Knud Mohr (2 April 1935 - 30 July 2016)
On 30 July 2016 Knud Mohr (81) died - a great blow to Danish philately and to philately in the wider world. Knud Mohr, who was suffering from a long illness and increasing weakness, was introduced to organised philately by his father, Harald Mohr in 1969, when he became a member of the Copenhagen Philatelist Club. Seven years later he became president of the club, replacing Erik Kopp. His presidency lasted 24 years, until 2000.
1976 was the starting point for Knud’s international career, beginning with his very active role on behalf of the international stamp exhibition HAFNIA 76 in Copenhagen. For many years to come he continued his work for international philatelic events, including the Copenhagen exhibitions HAFNIA 87 and HAFNIA 01. His considerable diplomatic skills and networking talents made him President of the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (F.I.P.) from 1998 until 2002, after having been on its Board since 1994. In 2002 he was appointed Honorary President of the F.I.P. Knud Mohr was also a member of the AIJP.
Knud managed for many years to set the agenda in international philately, being well supported by other prominent philatelists in the Nordic region, widely known as the "Scandimafia" at the time. Cooperation between national postal administrations and international philately expanded significantly during these years.
On the basis of his great contribution to philately, he was made a Knight of the Dannebrog (Ridder af Dannebrog) in 1985.
Nationally Knud also exercised his organisational talents, as he became chairman of the Danish Philatelic Federation (DFF) in 1983, and continued in this position until 1992. In 1989 he was awarded the DFF's badge of honour in gold for his great efforts in international philately, which meant that he became an honorary member of the Federation.
Internationally, his greatest affection went to the Royal Philatelic Society in London, of which he was a Fellow and also the RPS’s representative in Denmark for many years. In 1993, in recognition of his philatelic efforts, he was elected to sign The Roll of Distinguished Philatelists, which is considered to be the greatest recognition that can be achieved in philately.
Knud Mohr delivered one of his last major contributions in the period from 2004 until 2013, when he acted as the Editor of the renowned publication ‘Fakes, Forgeries & Experts’ (FFE). He produced ten issues of this journal, which is of great importance for combating counterfeiting in philately.
With the passing of Knud Mohr, who always had a friendly disposition and was known for his resourcefulness and huge capacity for work, a substantial hole in philately has been created that will be difficult to fill. He will be sorely missed by his many philatelic friends throughout the world (obituary: Lars Peter Svendsen).
Knud Mohr during London 2010 (picture: Wilhelm van Loo)