To some it was simply the name of a mail-order catalog, but to a great deal more Lillian Vernon was an innovator, a role model, and a source of delight in homes across the country. However, it was here in Westchester where Vernon, who died on Monday in a Manhattan hospital at the age of 88, witnessed an ingenious idea bloom into 60 years of rapid growth. My decision proved better than I ever imagined and my customers certainly took me seriously because I received 6, orders my first year in business. Bythe company went public, Lillian Vernon Corporation becoming the first company owned by a woman to be listed on the American Stock Exchange, and was mailing out close to 80 million catalogs per year.
Derek was born in Oxford, England, where his parents ran the Clarendon Hotel. The family later moved to Chester, taking on the Blossoms Hotel.
After graduating from the Liverpool College of Art, now Liverpool University, Derek designed and painted the large sign hanging outside Blossoms Hotel, depicting St Lawrence, patron Saint of hoteliers.
It was a considerable work of art; sadly, the present owners have re-painted the sign obliterating the original work. For several years after moving to London, Derek worked for the Iraq Petroleum Company as a public relations officer, mounting exhibits in Baghdad and Cairo and several Arab countries.
At this stage of his life, he got into writing and editing. Due to the sequestration of the company, Derek temporarily moved to a large public relations agency. In he and his wife Carol moved to Canada, living in Montreal for eighteen months where Derek had been appointed editor of an Alcan Aluminum Company magazine.
Derek's interest in stamps developed in the s, when he built up a collection of mint King George VI stamps of Great Britain. He lost interest after the release of the Silver Wedding high values in and abandoned stamp collecting until he moved to Canada.
His wife actually revived his interest in stamps when, as a surprise birthday gift inshe bought him a mint set of the Canada Scroll issue of At this time he also met John Linder, who further developed Derek's particular fascination with the cent Bluenose stamp.
In the spring of Derek was offered and accepted a position with Shell Canada in Toronto, feeling more comfortable back in the oil industry that he had known for so long. At that time there were many helpful people with whom to discuss the Bluenose.
It was not long before Derek and his wife were actively buying every variety they could find, from imperforates to blocks, and constantly searching for the "the man in the mast" variety.
They attended almost all the numerous auctions of Jim Sissons and Bill Maresch in Toronto, and were in constant touch with specialists such as George Wegg and Art Leggett. Auctions in New York, London, Ontario and other cities were not ignored in a somewhat excited determination by both of them to find every version of the stamp and details about the designer.
In he became editor of BNA Topicsa position he held for five years. After Vinnie Greene's passing inDerek wrote a three-part article featuring Vinnie's reminiscences about his years in Canadian philately and many of the prominent philatelists he had known.
In the early s Shell Canada decided to move their head office to Calgary but Derek, after winning several awards for design with the International Association of Business Communicators IABC for the Shell magazine, Sphere, decided to take early retirement.
Sadly, other than a little freelance writing, his creative life dwindled. He did however, remain an avid reader and loved music, in particular that of Mahler and Bruckner. Philatelically, in recent years he was quite interested in the Canadian imperforates of the s and 30s, and in helped Neil Donen with information for the latter's two-part article in BNA Topics.
He served as a gunnery instructor until his discharge in He continued his education, completing a PhD in Economics from Vanderbilt in While there he met and married Judy Elizabeth Herbert in ; they remained together until Judy's death in Time Life and Lillian Vernon were previously owned by the same entity, Direct Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Ripplewood Holdings, until Lillian Vernon was sold to Sun Capital Partners in May Ripplewood Holdings, Time Life’s majority owner, acquired Reader’s Digest Association on March 5.
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