Most Senior Fan

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Just as with Most Senior SF Writer, we can ask who is the most senior fan at various times. This could be eldest actifan in age or eldest in years in fandom. Centenarian Bob Madle is both.

Note that we're using fan in the proper fannish sense of being involved in fandom, and not in the mundane sense of liking sf -- there is no hope of knowing who liked sf at any given time. As a practical matter, we're also limited to well known fans as others have left little or no trace of their activities.

N.b., to keep this list from growing without limit, please do not list people who entered fandom after 1950 or who were born after 1935. The idea is to celebrate especially long fannish careers.

Born Found Fandom Died or Gafiated Years in Fandom Fan
1884 or 85 ?? d. 1970 ?? Pat Terry[1]
Aug. 20, 1890 late ’20s/early ’30s d. March 15, 1937 ~10? H. P. Lovecraft
Nov. 12, 1899 <1929 g. >1938 >9 Warren Fitzgerald
Jan. 6, 1905 mid-30s d. February 29, 1978 >45 Eric Frank Russell
April 8, 1907 1949 g. 1961, d. March 6, 2005 12 Gertrude M. Carr
May 31, 1910 <1928 January 21, 1996 >68 Aubrey MacDermott
1908 May 1928 d. February 11, 1979 51 Ron Graham
1908 <January 1930 d. 1971 >40 Allen Glasser
1911 <1930 g. ~1943, ung. 1961, d. January 2, 1963 >35 Julius Unger
June 19, 1915 <January 1930 d. February 8, 2004 >74 Julius Schwartz
June 20, 1910 <1930 d. October 29, 2003 >73 Lloyd Arthur Eshbach
Feb. 19, 1912 <October 1930 d. July 17, 1979 >49 Walter Gillings
Nov. 12, 1912 1930-32 g. ~1942, ung. 1990s, d. August 28, 1997 ~15 Conrad H. Ruppert
?? mid-30s d. June 28, 1978 ~45 J. Michael Rosenblum
1913 <1935 d. June 7, 1994 ~60 Will Sykora
Nov. 23, 1914 1931 d. October 6, 2006 75 Bob Tucker
Oct. 1, 1914 Spring 1934 d. November 2, 1990 56 Don Wollheim
Jan. 22, 1916 1929 d. September 25, 1984 ~50 Dan McPhail
April 5, 1917 1935 d. September 23, 1994 ~59 Robert Bloch
May 1916 late 30s g. ~1950; d. Oct 22, 2016 15 Norman F. Stanley
Nov. 24, 1916 1930 d. December 4, 2008 78 Forrest J Ackerman
Sept. 16, 1917 <1940 g. 1948; ung. ~1978; d. April 17, 2015 ~42 Art Widner
Nov. 30, 1917 <1939 d. November 28, 1998 ~60 John Millard
March 22, 1918 <1936 d. January 25, 2000 >64 Oliver Saari
Feb. 17, 1919 1936? d. December 23, 2015 >79 Jack Robins
Nov. 26, 1919 1932 d. September 2, 2013 81 Fred Pohl
Feb. 14, 1919 1933 or '34 d. September 18, 2016 >82 Dave Kyle
June 2, 1920 1935 or 36 still active >85 Bob Madle
Aug. 8, 1920 1935 d. June 28, 2008 ~73 Jack Speer
June 14, 1921 1938–39 g. 1950s?; d. July 29, 2017 ~20 William L. Hamling
1923 1937 (still alive in 2020) ?? Bert F. Castellari
Oct. 29, 1923 <1939 g. 1957; ung. ~1987; still active >51 Erle Korshak
March 6, 1928 1940s d. July 15, 2021 >72 Bill Nolan
June 26, 1929 1947 gafia? still active? ? Wally Weber
June 8, 1930 1949 still active >72 Roger Sims
Oct. 3, 1931 1949 still active >72 Ray Nelson
Jan. 15, 1935 1949 still active >72 Bob Silverberg
  1. At the presentation of an award named after him, it was stated that Pat Terry had become recognised as the oldest fan in the world shortly before his death in 1970 at the age of 85.




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