In Remembrance is an occasional column featuring short obituaries of CAS members who have recently died. Longer versions of these obituaries are posted on the CAS website at bit.ly/PCASobits.
Jordan J. Pitz (FCAS 2001)
Jordan Pitz loved sports. He played them growing up in LaMotte, Iowa, and would later coach his son’s Little League baseball team in Madison, Wisconsin.
Pitz taught his young charges good sportsmanship and instilled in them a love of the game. He led by example and saw the good in people and situations. He was ready to offer praise, encouraging even the worst players on a team and finding the positives in the things that they contributed.
His optimism carried over to his own illness. A friend of his said of him, “Even when he wasn’t feeling well, he was always positive and he never let his diagnosis get him down.”
Born February 3, 1972, the son of Donald and Ella (Kloft) Pitz, he married Jessica Konrardy in June 1997. Pitz graduated from the University of Iowa in 1994. He was an actuary with American Family Insurance for over 17 years.
He died January 5, 2015, at his home in Madison surrounded by family. He is survived by his wife and their three children, his mother, siblings and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his father in 1994.
The Quiet Observer
Haiyan “Heidi” Pan (FCAS 2010)
Haiyan “Heidi” Pan keenly observed her world and the people she held most dear. She held a ceramic science degree and was an early adopter of predictive modeling. She was fascinated with Chinese history and accumulated a large collection of books on the subject over the years.
In 1999 she married Zisu Zhao. The couple moved from Shanghai to Germany and then to the U.S., where Pan pursued an actuarial science degree at Boston University. After a few career moves, the couple settled in Princeton, New Jersey, to be close to Pan’s post at Munich Re America.
With the birth of her daughter, Ellen, in 2011, Pan’s world changed. She loved being a mother and delighted in observing her young daughter as she grew, especially as the child developed her personality. She wanted her daughter to have the best of everything.
“She really loved the kid,” said Zhao. “She wanted her daughter to be happy, to be independent.” Zhao said that Pan especially wanted Ellen to understand and learn Chinese. Pan left her daughter all of her books of Chinese history — to be read in Chinese one day.
She is survived by her husband and daughter.
The CAS Volunteer
Frederic J. Hunt Jr. (FCAS 1959)
Frederic J. Hunt Jr., 90, of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, died on December 3, 2014.
He was born in East Providence, Rhode Island in 1923, the son of Josephine (Johnson) and Frederic J. Hunt. Hunt served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II and graduated from Brown University. He worked for Insurance Company of North America in Philadelphia from 1955 until his retirement in 1988.
After earning his FCAS, Hunt began volunteering for the CAS in earnest — a commitment spanning two decades. Hunt volunteered for such CAS committees as Examination, Education and Examination, Publicity, and Review of Papers. From 1964-66, Hunt served on the CAS Council, a precursor to the CAS Board.
He wrote and cowrote several Proceedings papers and discussions, including a 10-year history of homeowners insurance published in 1962.
Hunt is survived by his wife, Marjorie (nee Whittemore); sons, Peter W. and Jonathan F. (Lisa); two sisters, Elizabeth Schumann and Constance DelGizzi; and two grandsons. He was preceded in death by his sister Ruth Schwacha.
Lloyd F. Mathwick (ACAS 1956)
Lloyd Mathwick, an early innovator in health maintenance organizations, died on February 10, 2015, at the age of 88.
A World War II veteran who served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific, Mathwick graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in economics. He had a long and successful career in the group health insurance industry at Employers Mutual in Wausau, Wisconsin.
In 1974-75 he served as one of 55 liaisons chosen by U.S. President Ford to serve on the Presidential Interchange Executives. The program brought together government officials with key players in the private sector — including IBM GE and Boeing — to share talents and experiences.
Mathwick would later be instrumental in launching Heritage National Healthplan, an HMO subsidiary of Deere & Company in Moline, Illinois.
Mathwick was devoted to his family. He was an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and philanthropist as well as a gardener who cultivated roses.
He was married to Alice Mathwick (nee Schmidt) for 64 years. He is survived by his children Kelly Mathwick, Victoria (Karl) Schneider and Robin (Dale) Cox; siblings, Dona (Allen) Akey and Patricia Bailey; his grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives; and friends.
Most Likely To Succeed
James A. Faber (FCAS 1969)
James A. Faber, 80, died at his residence in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Robert W. and Florence M. (Lashinske) Faber.
He graduated from Erie’s Academy High School in 1953. Ironically nicknamed “Wimp,” Faber was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” and described as an “outstanding student; a real brain” in his high school yearbook. The high school superlative would prove to be correct as Faber graduated from the University of Rochester (1958) and served in the U.S. Army counterintelligence unit (1958-61). He married Sharon H. Ricker in 1959.
Faber retired from KPMG LLC in 1994 and filled his time with many community activities. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Hollidaysburg, where he ushered and served as financial and endowment chairs. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed reading and stamp collecting.
Faber is survived by his wife; a daughter, Kathryn Katcher and husband, Steven; a son, Jeffrey A. Faber; and three grandsons. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert W. Jr., in 2014.
The Company Man
Robert L. “Bob” Sanders (FCAS 1985)
Robert L. “Bob” Sanders was a loyal employee and caring mentor who considered his clients his friends. He died on June 22, 2016, at the age of 63.
He was born February 5, 1953, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Juanita (nee Jenkins) and the late Jack Sanders. He graduated from Vanderbilt University and began his career at Allstate in Northbrook, Illinois. In 1979 Sanders joined Milliman to work in its small casualty practice unit, a three-person office in Milwaukee. He stayed with Milliman for 36 years, working as a principal and consulting actuary and becoming a nationally recognized expert in medical professional liability. He helped Milliman grow into one of the largest U.S. P&C actuarial consulting practices.
Sanders enjoyed hiking in his favorite national parks. Much of his home was furnished with artwork depicting his beloved hiking spots. He loved live music and had an extensive album collection.
When his father died, Sanders purchased his mother a unit in his condo so he could better care for her. He is survived by his brother, his aunts and uncles, other relatives and friends.