Numismatic Ambassador Award winner Gordon Donnell died Jan. 8, 2010, at the Veterans Hospital in Martinez, Calif., He was 74.
Donnell was a committed numismatist who lived the motto, “Buy the book before the coin.” In fact, he probably had more books than coins.
He was a past president of the Pacific Coast Numismatic Society. He also served as president of the Alameda Coin Club, the Liberty Numismatic Society, the San Francisco Coin Club, Northern California Numismatic Association and the International Association of Wooden Money Collectors.
Donnell, a St. Louis native, lived in Oakland, Calif., and is remembered for his tireless volunteer efforts to support local coin shows.
He was a district delegate of the American Numismatic Association.
His many hobby activities caught the attention of other Numismatic Ambassadors, who duly voted him to become one of their number.
He was inducted Dec. 13, 2003, by Clifford Mishler, creator of the award and former CEO of Krause Publications.