Prepared by Thomas Lera, Winton M. Blount Research Chair, and Stanley J. Luft, FRPSL, Académie de Philatélie.
Stanley J. Luft was a founding member of the Académie Européene de Philatélie in 1978, a member of the Union Marcophile since 1974, and was elected a corresponding member of the Académie de Philatélie in 2001. He edited the France & Colonies Philatelist 1993–2007 and served as a director of the society 1971–2007. He has received numerous national gold medals for his stamp exhibits including one grand award, three large international gold medals as well as a Prix d’Honneur at London 1990. In 2008, he was the American Philatelic Society’s recipient of the 2008 Luff Award for Distinguished Philatelic Research.