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SEPT 23, 1924--AUGUST 11, 2013

PSA - 2013-08-20 06:35:15

  • President of PSA, 1987-1991
  • Active member of PSA since 1959
  • Wife, Georgia Lou Venk, died June 19, 2012
  • Recipient of an HonFPSA in 2006
  • Click headline (above) for more info
  • Obituary in Norman Transcript

Dr. Ralph E. Venk, a member of PSA since 1959, earned many top honors from PSA. He received an APSA in 1969, an FPSA in 1973, an HonPSA in 1991, and an HonFPSA in 2006, Life Member.

Aside from being President of PSA from 1987-1991, Ralph held several other important positions in the organization including:
  • Executive Vice President 1986-1987
  • Conventions Vice President 1973-1981
  • International Conventions Committee Chair prior to being elected Conventions VP
  • The Long Range Planning Committee was established in 1991, and as immediate Past President, he chaired it from 1991 through 1994.
  • Serving on the Ethics Review Board from its beginning in 2005 until 2008.
  • He received the Gold Star Editorial Award in 1998 (Authored many articles in the PSA Journal)
  • Active in the Pictorial Print Division - he was a very accomplished printer.

The citation for his HonFPSA reads:

"For his relentless dedication over more than four decades, serving the Society with honor, integrity and dignity as a Member and a prominent Leader, as well as President, while maintaining proficiency in the Pictorial Print, Color Slide and Nature Divisions."

Ralph also received many other awards and prestigious appointments during his career. Among them:

  • The Kennedy Maxwell Award for Best Color Print in 1972
  • The coveted Kinsley Memorial Award for Monochrome Prints from Kodak in 1982
  • Elected to the Photographic Art and Science Foundation Board of Directors in 1994

It was during Ralph Venk's term as President of PSA that PSA HQ's was moved from Philadelphia to Oklahoma City. PSA extends its condolences to the Venk family.