The Historical Diving Society E. R. Cross Award.
The Award is named in honor of American Master Diver E.R. Cross who was one of the founding members of the HDSUSA in 1992. Mr. Cross passed away in 2000. The Award consists of a black Kirby Morgan Superlite 27 helmet fitted with 24 carat gold plated components, which is mounted on a mahogany plinth. The award design was conceived by Society co-founder Skip Dunham and constructed by Steve Kushner and Bob Christiansen at Kirby Morgan Diving Systems. The presentation of the award is sponsored by The Ritter Family of Dive Commercial International in Seattle. The award was conceived in 1993 by Leslie Leaney, and approved by the HDS Board of Directors in the same year. It was approved by E.R. Cross in 1994.
Criteria for Nomination: An HDS member who has significantly promoted the aims and goals of the Society on a voluntary basis. Nominations should be sent to the Steve Kushner, President, at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 1.
Recipients and their HDS membership number
1994. Jim Boyd, # 101, New Jersey. For services in promoting the conservation and operation of traditional surface supplied diving equipment.
1995. Lee Selisky, # 508, Minnesota. For services in arranging, sponsoring, and completing the appearance of the Siebe/Dean smoke helmet, from the Siebe Gorman Collection in Wales, exhibited at the HDS booth at DEMA San Francisco 1995.
1996. Peter Jackson, #262, England. For services as the HDSUSA representative in the United Kingdom, and for the papers presented on the work of Henry Fluess, on behalf of HDSUSA, at the ’96 Tek Conference in New Orleans.
1997. Torrance Parker, #002, California. For services to the Society in the field of public education and for sponsoring subscriptions to Historical Diver Magazine for several public libraries in the Los Angeles area.
1998. Ed Stetson, #760, California. For services in organizing and executing the HDS Hans and Lotte Hass Film Festival.
1999. Bob Ramsay, # 623, Australia. For services in co-founding the Diving Historical Society of South East Asia & Pacific, and his research into Australian diving history.
2000. Sid Macken, #256, Oregon. For his services in production for the HDS videos E.R. Cross – Interview With A Master Diver, Glass Brass and Copper, a helmet construction workshop with Bob Kirby, recording the Hans and Lotte Hass Film Festival, and the Rouquayrol Denayrouze Conference and Exhibit.
2001. Bob Rusnak, #436, New York. For services in public exhibition of classical diving equipment and for service on behalf of HDS at national diving shows.
2002. Greg Platt, #335, Illinois. For services in promoting the conservation and operation of classical diving equipment, and for service on behalf of HDS at national diving shows.
2003. Andy Lentz, #460, California. For service to the Society in administrative and graphics fields, and for service in numerous other areas.
2004. Tom Squcciarini, #811, Michigan. For services in promoting the conservation and operation of classical diving equipment, and for service on behalf of HDS at national diving shows.
2005. The Gallagan Family, #187, Florida. For services as a family in promoting the conservation and operation of classical diving equipment, and to John Gallagan for his service on behalf of HDS at national diving shows.
2006. Nicholas Toth, #117, Florida. For service in developing the partnership between the City of Tarpon Springs and the HDS and for organizing the 2003 and 2005 HDS conferences in Tarpon Springs.
2007. Kent Rockwell, #148, California. For service to the Society in historical research, publishing and service on behalf of HDS at national diving shows.
2008. Steve and Kristine Barsky, #245, California. For service to the HDS in the fields of administration, staffing, graphics, production, media, publicity, and publishing.
2009. Nyle Monday, # 111, California. For service to the HDS in the fields of administration, staffing, historical research, and publishing.
2010. Leslie Leaney, # 1, California. For service in co-founding the Society, funding it through its formative years, founding Historical Diver Magazine and funding it through its formative years, and lengthy volunteer service in numerous aspects of building the Society from 1992 to date.
2011. Janice Raber, #3506, For service in organizing the 2011 Conference at Newport News other work in support of HDS events with Long Island Divers Association and at Beneath The Sea.
2012. Chris Swann, #133 In announcing the award the Board noted Swann’s low-profile volunteer service to the Society in the fields of publications and historical research.
2013. Ed Uditis, #95 In announcing the award the Board noted Ed’s long-standing volunteer service to the Society.