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Wilde Funeral Date Set
December 01, 2008

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.

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About the Author
David C. Harper has been a coin collector since 1963. He joined the Krause Publications editorial staff in 1978 and is currently editor of Numismatic News and World Coin News. He also edits two books annually, North American Coins & Prices and Coin Digest. He is the author of the Class of '63 column that runs each week in Numismatic News. His first bylined numismatic article appeared in the June 1971 issue of Coins Magazine and his various Krause Publications assignments included a stint as editor of the magazine 1980-1983. Harper received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1977. He had a double major of journalism and economics.

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