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The E-Sylum: Volume 26, Number 1, January 1, 2023, Article 12


E-Sylum Feature Writer and American Numismatic Biographies author Pete Smith submitted this article on Numismatic Ambassador and Society of International Numismatists founder Pauline Pauling Emmett. Thanks! -Editor

  Another 100-Year-Old Numismatist

Pauline Pauling Emmett This week I was reviewing the list of people who were named as a Numismatic News Numismatic Ambassador. They included Baber, Hendershott, Lenker and Newman, already noted as attaining the century mark. New to me was a woman whose name and name changes become a big part of her story. Before we get to her, I want to mention her brother. Herman Henry William Pauling (1876-1910) and Lucy Isabelle Darling (1881-1976) had a son on February 28, 1901. They named him Linus after his mother's father and Carl after his father's father.

New Scientist named Linus Carl Pauling as one of the 20 greatest scientists of all time. He won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 and a Nobel Peace Prize in 1962. I wonder if his little sister had difficulty living up to his accomplishments.

When the Paulings had a daughter the following year, they gave her the middle name of Darling to honor the family of her mother. Perhaps they gave her the first name of Pauline because they found it amusing.

Pauline Darling Pauling was born in Portland, Oregon, on August 7, 1902. She attended Behnke-Walker Business School to learn shorthand and touch typing. She claimed to have set a world record for speed typing.

She got a job at the Elks Club in Portland where she met Wallace G. Stockton, She married him in 1925 and they moved to Los Angeles where she worked as the women's athletic director at the Elks Club. Pauline and Wallace were divorced in the later 1920's.

When she got married to Thomas Joseph Ney (1896-1968) on October 6, 1934, her name was given as Pauline D. Stockton. It was the second marriage for both of them who were divorced. Their son Michael Thomas Ney followed quickly on December 23, 1934. They divorced in 1950.

She designed a woman's slipper and marketed it through her company, Paddies, Inc. They lost their market share to cheap foreign competition and she sold the company.

She developed an interest in numismatics and she opened a coin shop in Santa Monica, California, that operated 1960 to 1963. During this time she was an award winning exhibitor showing her collection of medals. She became acquainted with another dealer from Inglewood, Clarence Dunbar.

Her name was Pauline D. Ney when she was married on August 25, 1973, to Clarence Albert Slim Dunbar (1897-1975). When they moved in 1974, they issued a change of address notice in the form of wood flat. 3x5 inches. That marriage lasted less than two years and he died on August 13, 1975.

She returned to Oregon where she was courted by Dr. Paul Hugh Emmett (1900-1985), a friend of Linus. He had worked on the Manhattan Project during WWII. Linus Pauling was an anti-nuke peace activist and Paul Emmett helped to make the bombs, Paul and Pauline were married on May 22, 1976. He died in 1985.

She was a founder of the Society of International Numismatists (S.I.N.). In 1983 she was named a Numismatic News Numismatic Ambassador.

Pauline Darling Pauling Stockton Ney Dunbar Emmett died at home in Tualatin, Washington, on October 19, 2003, at age 101. Her death was noted in The E-Sylum for October 26, 2003, but no one at the time put her on the list of 100-year-old numismatists.

Thanks, Pete! What an interesting life - another numismatist deserving of great recognition. Can anyone tell us more about the Society of International Numismatics? -Editor

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