The Nepal and Tibet Philatelic Study Circle


Richard M. Hanchett

            Nepal collector Richard Hanchett of Warwick, Rhode Island, died February 2, 2017 at age 79. He began collecting stamps as a 10-year old but returned to the hobby in serious fashion in 1985. After traveling to India and Nepal he joined the Nepal and Tibet Philatelic Study Circle as a Life Member.

            In 2001 Richard was named editor of Postal Himal, the study circle’s quarterly journal, and held that position until his passing. A little later he also began collecting Portugal and its colonies, and served two years as interim editor of Portu-Info, journal of the International Society for Portuguese Philately. He then served as chairman of the board of directors of ISPP. In addition to editing these two journals he was also editor for many years of The Bay Phil, the newsletter of the Friends of the Western Philatelic Library in California.

            Richard loved to travel and went around the world seven times. He often attended international philatelic exhibitions. He worked as a civil engineer and then a software engineer. He was employed by Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and then by Electric Boat where he worked on submarine computer systems for 20 years. He is survived by his wife Patricia, a sister, and children and grandchildren.

Alan Warren