Bureau

FIP LITERATURE COMMISSION


Michael D. Dixon, PhD, FRPSL

Michael D. Dixon

PHILATELIC CURRICULUM VITAE

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

For most of my career I was employed by a world renowned multi-million dollar publisher of scientific and technical information and served as its President from 1983 until retirement in 1989. I later became an independent consultant. Although quasi-retired I continue to serve as a consultant in information science to various components of the United States government. I have been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland, University College, teaching a Master's course in Electronic Business.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

I am a graduate of the University of London (B.Pharmacy, 1960) and was awarded a PhD in Information Science from the City University, London. At the behest of my then employers I relocated from London to the USA in 1983 and have since become a US citizen. I have been happily married to Carolyn since 1971. I live with my wife, a landscape designer and manager of a plant nursery, just outside Washington, DC. We have two adult sons, a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren in America.

PHILATELIC BACKGROUND

After a long absence for the usual reasons, I returned to philately in 1972. I participated in my first national level exhibition in 1974, and in my first international in 1976 (Italia). Since then I have continued to exhibit at the national and international level. I served the US philatelic community as commissioner to IBRA and London 2000. I have also been a member of the APS Technology Committee and CANEJ as well as serving on the Expertising Committee. I am an accredited philatelic judge for APS and FIP (Literature and Postal Stationery). My collecting interests are the KEVIII issues of GB, the Wilding issues of GB, GB wartime aerogrammes, postal stationery of the Paris pneumatic tube service, postal history of Union County, PA, Pulp and Paper manufacture, and the 1930s aerophilatelic connection between GB and the southern cone of South America. I have published papers in the London Philatelist, Filatelia Peruana, American Philatelist, and Chronicle of the GB Society.

PHILATELIC AFFILIATIONS

I have been President of the Dulwich Philatelic Society in the UK, and since 1978 a Member of the Royal Philatelic Society London. I was made a Fellow of the Royal in 1981 and served on its Council from 1980 to 1983. I am a recipient of the RPSL London Medal. After moving to America I was appointed a Special Representative of the Royal in the USA. In addition to the American Philatelic Society and RPSL, I am a member of the Collectors Club of New York, Postal History Society, American Air Mail Society, British Air Mail Society and Potomac Philatelic Society - of which I am a Past President.

I was President of Washington 2006, the last full international exhibition held in USA; responsibilities of the position continue today.

I served as a Board Member of NAPEX (a USA national philatelic exhibition) for many years and have since been appointed Director Emeritus. I am a member of the Arizona Philatelic Rangers and am one of the four deputies. I am currently a Director of the American Philatelic Society and of the American Philatelic Congress.

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