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The 2014 BSI Trust Benefactor Medal

The 2014 BSI Trust Benefactor Medal

“… I should have had a medal the size of a soup plate.”

– The Adventure of The Three Garridebs (3GAR)

     

We published a HolmeWork Assignment regarding the BSI Trust Benefactor’s Medal in January 2016. This medal has only been awarded twice – first, in 2012, to Glen Miranker, and then again in 2014 to Donald B. Izban.

In the Spring 2014 edition of For the Sake of the Trust, there was this news item:

Izban Receives Benefactor Medal

In appreciation for his long-standing generosity and activism on behalf of the BSI Trust, Andy Solberg presented Don Izban with the BSI Trust’s Benefactor Medal at the BSI Dinner on January 17.

This January, your editor had the pleasure of meeting Don Izban and his lovely wife, Patricia. Don, the “dean” of Chicago-area Sherlockians was holding court in the lobby of the Yale Club prior to the BSI Annual Dinner. I happened to mention that I was looking for a photograph of his BSI Trust Benefactor Medal. One thing I learned was that Don does not deal with anything that might be called modern technology, so we thank Patricia for the photographs of the medal.

OBVERSE: THE BAKER STREET IRREGULARS / (left-facing silhouette bust of Holmes with pipe) / BSI / FOUNDED 1934

REVERSE: Donald B. Izban / Recipient of / The BSI Trust’s / Benefactor Medal / January 17, 2014 / New York City / With Deep Respect and / Appreciation for Your /Early Involvement in / Obtaining Material for / and Financial Support of / The BSI Archive at / The Houghton Library of / Harvard University.

The medal is dual suspended from a scroll-like clasp that reads For the Sake of the Trust.

Earlier this summer, the BSI Trust announced that it would be relocating its archive from Harvard to the Lilly Library on the campus of Indiana University. For our coin collecting readers, if the name Lilly sounds familiar, it should be. The numismatic collection of Josiah K. Lilly of 6,125 gold coins from ancient to modern times was donated to the Smithsonian’s Museum of History and Technology in 1968 and was, at the time, “the most important single acquisition ever received by the Numismatic Division.”

For those interested in making a donation or learning more about the BSI Trust, click HERE.

Our thanks again to Patricia and Donald Izban for sharing this with us!

 

The Ottoman Grand Sultan Decorated Both of the Doyles in 1907

The Ottoman Grand Sultan Decorated Both of the Doyles in 1907

“I had also a commission from the Sultan of Turkey…” – The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier (BLAN) Clipping from the December 1, 1907 edition of The Baltimore Sunday Sun On September 18, 1907, Arthur Conan Doyle married for the second time, wedding Jean Elizabeth Leckie. From September 21 through November 14, Conan Doyle and his… Continue Reading

More Sherlockian Winners of the National Medal of the Arts

More Sherlockian Winners of the National Medal of the Arts

“Since then I have been honoured …” – His Last Bow (LAST) Shortly after mailing out our last notice of new posts on our website, I received a note from the 13th Garrideb, Peter E. Blau, that there were other Sherlockian-related recipients of the National Medal of the Arts. Noted theatrical musical composer Stephen Sondheim… Continue Reading

Faces of Moriarty: The Decorated Laurence Olivier

Faces of Moriarty: The Decorated Laurence Olivier

“His name is still honoured.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Laurence Olivier is considered by many to be one of the greatest actors of the 20th century. Our post cannot do justice to the man’s career and legacy, so we encourage you to read his Wikipedia entry which has much more detail… Continue Reading

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Order of the Crown of Italy

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Order of the Crown of Italy

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) In 1898, Arthur Conan Doyle visited Italy with his brother-in-law, E. W, “Willie” Hornung (the novelist who created the gentlemen burglar “Raffles”). During his tour, King Umberto I of Italy conferred the Order… Continue Reading

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Awarded Medal of Freedom

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Awarded Medal of Freedom

“… one of the most honoured.” – The Adventure of The Dancing Men (DANC) At a White House ceremony yesterday, President Barack Obama honored retired NBA basketball player and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and 20 others, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian award from the United States government. “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not… Continue Reading

The Decorated Judy Dench of “A Study In Terror”

The Decorated Judy Dench of “A Study In Terror”

“… she is a most consummate actress …” – The Adventure of the Cardboard Box (CARD) The 1966 film A Study in Terror featured noted actress Judi Dench in just the third film of her long and illustrious career. Dench would play the role of Sally, who assisted her uncle in running a hostel / soup kitchen.… Continue Reading

Afghanistan or Iraq? Military Decorations of Captain John H. Watson

Afghanistan or Iraq? Military Decorations of Captain John H. Watson

“Which was it – Afghanistan or Iraq?” – A Study In Pink When the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) premiered their new series of Sherlock in July of 2010, devoted Sherlockians watched to see how the writers would take items from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories and update these items to the modern… Continue Reading