Arthur Kagin Obituary

Arthur M. Kagin
Arthur M. Kagin
Arthur M. Kagin

July 18, 2005
Born in Minneapolis, MN
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Arthur M. Kagin, 85, died Monday, July 18, 2005 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center of complications as a result of Acute Leukemia. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at Dunn's Funeral Home. Burial will be at Jewish Glendale Cemetery.

Arthur was born in Minneapolis, MN and lived most of his life in the Des Moines area. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a Jewish War Veteran. He was a Professional Numismatist, whose trading in numismatics began in 1933. He helped organize the Des Moines Coin Club in 1936 and the Iowa Numismatic Association two years later. In 1955, he was a founding member of the Professional Numismatists Guild, serving as its President from 1963 to 1964. In 1976, he was the first in his field to be recognized in Who's Who in America. He was a life member of the American Numismatic Association. Arthur was a founder of Beth El Jacob Synagogue and a founder and chairman of the Judaic Resource Center of Iowa. He was a member of B'nai B'rith (who in 1968 named Arthur its "Man of the Year") and a member of Za-Ga-Zig Shrine. Arthur was also a member of numerous other Jewish and professional organizations.

Arthur received three keys to the city from three different mayors. Arthur was a deliberate optimist who often stated "numismatics is like a marriage. It has to be shared to be enjoyed." To know Art Kagin, even peripherally, is to recognize that his vigor and passion were constant and contagious. He was driven by an internal clock he wound up long ago with no thoughts of ever letting it run down.

Arthur was preceded in death by his wife, Henrietta S. Kagin and a brother, Bernard Schreiberg. He is survived by three children, Solomon S. Kagin of Santa Rosa, CA, Judith L. Kagin of Mill Valley, CA and Donald H. Kagin of Tiburon, CA; seven grandchildren; and two beloved brothers, Al Kagin of Minnesota and Julius Schreiber of Omaha, NE.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Judiac Resource Center of Iowa or American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs, CO.





Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
2:00 PM
Jewish Glendale Cemetery
Des Moines, IA
Tuesday, July 19, 2005


Judaic Resource Center of Iowa
943 Cummins Parkway
Des Moines, IA 50312
American Numismatic Association
818 North Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903