Just as we were putting the Numismatic News issue to bed before heading off last week to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with our families, details arrived about the funeral of former American Numismatic Association treasurer Adna G. Wilde Jr., who died Nov. 17 at the age of 88.
Certainly they will appear in the following issue, but I would like to share them here as well.
His funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time at Arlington National Cemetery. He served in the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army in Italy during World War II and had a military career that saw him retire as a lieutenant colonel.
The American Numismatic Association, which he loved and served since 1947 first as a member and later as president, executive director and parliamentarian, will hold a memorial service the same day at 10 a.m. Mountain Standard Time at headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., a place that Mr. Wilde also loved.
More importantly, a scholarship fund has been set up in his honor that is most appropriate.
Donations can be made to the Adna G. Wilde Jr. Summer Seminar Scholarship Fund in care of the American Numismatic Association, 818 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
Wilde was a co-founder of the event with Edward C. Rochette in 1968. It has grown from 17 students to around 400 each year. It is one of the ANA’s great contributions to our shared hobby.
Rest in peace, Adna. Your beloved ANA is carrying on.