Jul/Aug 2017 In Remembrance

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 http://bit.ly/CASProceedings.

The New Yorker

Theresa “Terri” Giunta (FCAS 2001)

Theresa “Terri” Giunta died February 8, 2014, at the age of 47. She earned a BS in math from Drexel University in Philadelphia and was active in her regional actuarial group, Casualty Actuaries of Greater New York. Her last post was as vice president for Arch Insurance in New York City. Giunta’s actuarial career was typical of many of her CAS contemporaries coming up in the late 1990s. Early in her career she moved around a bit, working for different companies in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago, before returning to New York City, the city where she got her start. Supervisors who endorsed her for CAS membership gave her glowing recommendations, complimenting her work ethic, intelligence and professionalism. She was employed by Guy Carpenter & Co., whose offices were in World Trade Center II in New York; she was fortunate to have been accounted as safe after the 9/11 attack.

The Angler

Charles Patrick “Charlie” Neeson (ACAS 1997)

Charlie Neeson, a 45-year veteran of actuarial practice and owner of C.P. Neeson LLC in Westfield Center, Ohio, died unexpectedly on November 9, 2014.

Born October 4, 1949, in Dayton, Ohio, he earned a BS in economics from Ohio State University in 1971. Neeson began his career in 1971 at Westfield Insurance Company, serving as the company’s first actuary. He became an expert in credit scoring, which led to his testifying before Congress on the subject. In 2010 he retired from Westfield and started his own consulting firm. Neeson loved fly fishing and traveled to Chile, New Zealand and throughout the U.S. for his sport. He spent many hours teaching his grandson to fly fish. His CAS service included the Member Advisory Panel (2010-12); Committee on Management Data & Information (2011-14); and the Hachemeister and Michelbacher Prize Committee (2010-14). He participated in the regional actuarial groups Buckeye Actuarial Continuing Education and Midwestern Actuarial Forum. He is survived by his wife, Robin; two sons and their wives; three grandchildren; one brother; and two sisters.

The Candidate

Dale F. Ogden (ACAS 1983)

Dale F. Ogden, politician and founder of Dale F. Ogden and Associates in San Pedro, California, died October 26, 2014. He worked at Equifax Services while attending Towson State College, where he earned a B.A. in mathematics and a minor in accounting in 1974. He began his career as a high school math teacher in Baltimore City. After a layoff, he went back to Equifax and later got his first actuarial job with the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund. His later career included posts at KPMG and Kramer Capital Consultants in New York and Los Angeles. Owning his own business, Ogden gained an understanding of government by consulting for a wide variety of clients, including state insurance regulators, government agencies, attorneys and insurance companies. This experience would later set the stage for his interest in politics. Ogden was active in California Libertarian Party politics for about 15 years, running for insurance commissioner in 1998, 2002 and 2006, state assembly in 2000 and state senate in 2004. In 2001 he ran for governor. In that race, Ogden garnered 150,895 votes or 1.5 percent of the total. Ogden is survived by his wife of 21+ years, Colleen, and his son, Dale Ogden Jr.

The Arts Patron

Eugene G. Thompson (ACAS 1971)

Gene Thompson was a joyous man with a friendly smile. He passed away suddenly on November 3, 2014. He worked as an actuary in Philadelphia at General Accident and INS Consultants, Inc., his last post. He loved beautiful and unique objects and was an enthusiastic collector of crafts and fine art. Thompson generously supported numerous talented artists, including painters, photographers, sculptors and furniture makers. A member of All Saints’ Torresdale Episcopal Church, he is survived by his brother-in-law Don Minniak; two nieces; and two great nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Heart Association in Philadelphia