Hennig Award Recipient - Robert P. Odenweller - 2011

(Hennig Award Nomination Form)


Award Presented to Robert P. Odenweller at NOJEX 2011
Bernard A. Hennig Award For Judging Excellence Presented to Robert P. Odenweller at NOJEX 2011
Bob Odenweller was presented the fifth Hennig Award by President John Hotchner at the NOJEX banquet this year. The Award, established by AAPE in 2007 on the initiative of Eliot Landau, is given once each year to a practicing judge who exemplifi es excellence in philatelic judging and has made signifi cant contributions to improving the judging process, and/or helped the exhibiting community to understand the process. In presenting the Award before Bob’s home show audience, John made the following remarks:

"On behalf of the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, I want to take this opportunity to surprise this year’s winner of the Bernard A. Hennig Award. It is given for excellence as a philatelic judge, and the 2011 Award goes to New Jersey’s own Robert P. Odenweller. Bob, both on the exhibition floor as a jury member and jury chairman, and as a mentor to countless exhibitors, has over decades, exemplifi ed the highest level of judging. In addition, his writings on the philosophy and mechanics of judging have infl uenced two generations of philatelic judges. I might also mention that he is the only writer who had been a regular columnist in The Philatelic Exhibitor for all 25 years of AAPE’s existence."

"Bob has won virtually every exhibiting award there is, both nationally and internationally, and was president of the International Federation of Philately’s 'Traditional Philately Commission' for 18 years. In that role he was a principal architect of today’s international judging system.

"AAPE’s Hennig Award is the highest level of recognition for performance as a philatelic judge, and for contributions to judging excellence. We are happy to add Bob’s name to the exclusive list of winners."

Bob may already hold more philatelic honors than any other individual in the hobby. He has signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists, and was awarded the Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award, the Alfred F. Lichtenstein Memorial Award, the APS Luff Award, and the FIP Medal for Service. He has earned the FIP Medal for Research, the Royal Philatelic Society London Crawford Medal, and the Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand Collins Award, twice. He is a Distinguished Philatelist of the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society.