Jan/Feb 2023 In Remembrance

In Remembrance is an occasional column featuring short obituaries of CAS members who have recently passed away. These obituaries and sometimes longer versions are posted on the CAS website; search for “Obituaries.”  

Robert Armen Bear (FCAS 1986)


Robert Bear, of Montville, New Jersey, died in November 2022 at the age of 75. Born and raised in Connecticut and New Jersey, Bear grew up with strong ties to the Armenian community through family and his involvement in associations. In his youth, he served in the National Guard. His passion for mathematics led him to the actuarial profession and he was a long-time CAS volunteer. He worked primarily in reinsurance, most recently for PXRE, and later formed his own company, RAB Actuarial Solutions LLC. He served for many years as a deacon and elder at the Armenian Church in Paramus. He was a deacon and board trustee at the Community Church of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, and was also very involved in the Unity Spiritual Center of Morris County. An avid dog lover, Bear served on the Montville Dog Park Committee for many years and was appointed president. He loved golf, swimming and theater — he was a longtime supporter of the Barn Theatre in Montville, which made special accommodations for him to be able to attend in his later years. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carolyn Jean Bear; daughters, Cheryl Bear and Crystal (Jordan) Goretti; sister, Iris Desilets; and two grandchildren.