Past Officers / Anciens officiers

The work of the North American Vexillological Association for over 50 years has always been carried out by a working five-person executive board, comprising dedicated volunteers. We thank them for their leadership, guidance, and accomplishments on behalf of NAVA.

Pierre Lux-Wurm served as acting president and Whitney Smith served as acting secretary during the organizational meeting of June 3–4, 1967. They continued in these positions until November 18, 1967, when the Association’s first annual meeting was held, the bylaws adopted and the first executive board elected.

  Presidents

Whitney Smith, Jr.
1967–1977
Doreen Braverman
1986–1987
Peter A. Ansoff
2004–2008
John R. Lyman
1977
Woodrow W. Ridgway
1987–1989
Hugh L. Brady
2008–2014
D. Ralph Spence
1977–1978
Donald T. Healy
1989–1991
John M. Hartvigsen
2014–2017
John R. B. Szala
1978–1980
Scot M. Guenter
1991–1994
Peter A. Ansoff
2017–
Robert S. Gauron
1980–1981
Nicholas A. Artimovich II
1994–1996
John M. Purcell
1981–1983
Charles A. Spain, Jr.
1996–1998
Grace R. Cooper
1983–1986
David B. Martucci
1998–2004

  First Vice Presidents (called Vice Presidents until 1997)

Pierre C. Lux-Wurm
1967–1969
Doreen Braverman
1985–1986
Kevin J. Murray
2003–2004
Ashley F. Talbot
1969–1971
James J. Ferrigan III
1986–1989
Devereaux D. Cannon, Jr.
2004–2008
Harold A. Diceman
1971–1975
Scot M. Guenter
1989–1991
Gustavo Tracchia
2008–2014
John R. Lyman
1975–1976
Richard A. Kenny
1991–1994
Anne M. Platoff
2014–2015
D. Ralph Spence
1976–1977
Gustavo Tracchia
1994–1996
James Croft
2015–2016
Hugh McClellan
1978–1980
William J. Trinkle
1996–1997
Luc V. Baronian
2016–
Woodrow W. Ridgway
1980–1982
David S. Breitenbach
1997–1999
Nicholas A. Artimovich II
1982–1985
Andrew R. Biles, Jr.
1999–2003

  Second Vice Presidents (called Corresponding Secretaries until 1997)

Robert S. Gauron
1967–1971
Donald T. Healy
1987–1989
Kevin J. Murray
2004–2008
John R. B. Szala
1971–1974
Adam C. Stolfi
1989–1991
Anne M. Platoff
2008–2012
John M. Purcell
1974–1976
Lee L. Herold
1991–1993
Christopher Bedwell
2012–2013
John L. Cross
1976–1978
Mary Ann Docktor-Smith
1993–1996
Kenneth W. Reynolds
2013–2016
Florence M. Hutchison
1978–1980
David S. Breitenbach
1996–1997
Edward A. McNabb
2016–2017
Dorothy H. Claybourne
1980–1982
Carita M. Culmer
1997–2001
Steven A. Knowlton
2017–
Lynn A. Knights
1982–1986
Kevin J. Murray
2001–2003
Mark A. Liss
1986–1987
Peter A. Ansoff
2003–2004

  Secretaries (called Recording Secretaries until 1997)

Gerhard P. Grahl
1967–1969
Kevin Harrington
1990–1992
William J. Trinkle
2008–2011
Kenneth R. Huff
1969–1974
Charles A. Spain, Jr.
1992–1993
John M. Hartvigsen
2011–2014
Ashley F. Talbot
1974–1978
Peter B. Edwards
1993–1995
Steven A. Knowlton
2014–2015
Dorothy H. Claybourne
1978
William J. Trinkle
1995–1996
Cindy Williams
2015–2016
John M. Purcell
1978–1980
Michael F. H. Halleran
1996–1997
Lee L. Herold
2016–2017
Kenneth R. Huff
1980–1983
Barbara Herold
1997–1998
Edward B. Kaye
2017–
Thomas J. Carrier
1983–1986
Truman G. Pope
1998–2001
Richard A. Kenny
1986–1989
Richard P. Monahan
2001–2006
David L. Pawson
1989–1990
Chad M. Crabtree
2006–2008

  Treasurers

Thomas M. Hill, Jr.
1967–1969
Grace R. Cooper
1980–1983
Peter J. Orenski
1996–2001
Gerhard P. Grahl
1969–1975
John M. Hartvigsen
1983–1984
Edward B. Kaye
2001–2012
John E. Lingo, Jr.
1975–1976
Woodrow W. Ridgway
1984–1986
Mary Ann Docktor-Smith
2012–2013
John R. Lyman
1976–1977
Gustavo Tracchia
1986–1990
Christopher Bedwell
2013–2016
Hugh McClellan
1977–1978
David L. Pawson
1990–1993
John Adcock
2016–2017
Michael E. Tancy, Jr.
1978–1980
Charles A. Spain, Jr.
1993–1996
James J. Ferrigan III
2017–

More details about the founding of NAVA can be found (here) and more details about past officers’ flags can be found in Issue 11 of Flag Research Quarterly, which is available in the Publications section (here).