In Memoriam

Pierre Desmarais

Pierre Desmarais, who has died in hospital in Guelph, ON, at the age of 68, became a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and Society of Actuaries in 1971. He went on to enjoy an actuarial career that included serving for the Alexander Consulting Group, W. F. Corroon Canada, AIE, Jardine Insurance Services, Sovereign Life Assurance, and Carl A. Kench & Associates. M. Desmarais also ran his own company, Desspar, for a time.

Earl Petz

U.S. Navy veteran Earl Petz of Illinois spent his entire actuarial career with one company: the Lumbermen’s Mutual Casualty Company—part of Kemper Insurance Companies—where he became chief actuary. Born in 1925, and a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology, he served on numerous Casualty Actuarial Society committees and retired in 1991.

Michael McGuinness

Born in Africa, Rhodes Scholar Michael McGuinness emigrated to Canada in 1952 and began an actuarial career that would lead to key positions at National Life Assurance and Eckler.

Mr. McGuinness, whose education included a BA and MA from Oxford University, served as a Councillor and Editor for the CIA, and volunteered for a number of committees over two decades, including Manpower, Planning, and Financial Reporting. He was also elected to various positions with the Society of Actuaries, including serving as Vice-President. He retired in 2000, and died earlier this year in York, ON, at the age of 84.

Canadian Institute of Actuaries/Institut canadien des actuaires