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ANS to honor Scotts at annual gala

The American Numismatic Society will honor longtime benefactors Elizabeth and Stanley DeForest Scott with the Trustees’ Award at the Annual Dinner Gala on Jan. 8, 2015. The event will be held at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

The Scotts have been closely involved with the Society for many years as both generous donors and steadfast caretakers. Mr. Scott has been a member of the ANS since 1993, a life member since 2001, and an Augustus B. Sage Society member since 2006. He was elected to Fellow in 2003, when he also began serving on the Board of Trustees. He served for nine years, stepping down in 2012. During his tenure, he was instrumental in assisting with the sale of the ANS building at 140 William St. and the build-out to its current headquarters on Varick Street.

Elizabeth Forbes Hazard Scott has served as an officer and trustee of numerous nonprofit organizations over the years, with a particular interest in groups involved in Anglo-American history and international relations. Her interest in the field dates back to the days of World War II, when she encountered English children sent for safety to the United States and other English speaking countries. In the years after the war, working with the International Center in New York, she became particularly concerned with the welfare of young people who arrived in the U.S. after fleeing from countries swallowed up by the Soviet Union.

Stanley DeForest Scott has lived in the New York City area his entire life, as has his family for many generations. A real estate developer for decades, Mr. Scott is presently General Partner of 145 Hudson Street Associates and President of Hudson Square Management Corp. Formerly, he was general manager of Alfred Scott Publishers and chairman and president of S. D. Scott Printing Co., Inc. He shares, with his wife, a passionate interest in American history, the arts, rare books, and international travel, and he lists among his many associations the Fraunces Tavern Museum, the J. Carter Brown Library, the Frick Collection, the Royal Academy of Arts, George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the American Museum in Britain.

Not surprisingly, his numismatic interests are similarly focused. Although he has collected (and donated to the ANS) ancient Greek and Sicilian coins, his abiding love is for Colonial and American material. Among his past gifts to the ANS in this realm are a group of Carson City mint silver dollars of the 1880s, rare platinum proofs of the Fraunces Tavern Museum “Sons of the Revolution” bicentennial commemoration medal, and George Washington’s Farewell medals in platinum, gold, bronze, and silver. Mr. Scott proudly notes that he had a hand in the design and striking of the medals, and that this involvement was the highlight of his career as an amateur numismatist.

Each year the Gala raises revenue for the American Numismatic Society to further the Society’s mission of supporting research and education in numismatics.

For information on purchasing tickets or program advertisements, contact Viviana Londono-Danailov at 212-571-4470, ext. 117, membership@numismatics.org, or numismatics.org/NewsEvents/Gala2015.

The American Numismatic Society was organized in 1858.

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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