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May 2018

In Memoriam: Rob Dowsett

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Robert Dowsett

Past President Rob Dowsett, FCIA(1965), FSA(1954), MAAA(1966)

Former CIA president Rob Dowsett passed away April 8, 2018 in Toronto. He was 88.

Mr. Dowsett graduated with first class honours from the University of Toronto (Victoria College) in 1950 with a bachelor of arts in honours mathematics and physics. He began his career at Crown Life Insurance in 1950. He became executive vice-president of Crown Life in 1970, and president and CEO in 1971. In 1982, he joined Mercer, becoming vice-chair in 1985. After retiring from Mercer in 1995, he operated Robert Dowsett Consulting.

The CIA’s 10th President, from 1973–1974, Mr. Dowsett volunteered with the Institute from 1965 until very recently. He served on the YRT Reinsurance Committee, the Motto Committee, the Tribunal Panel, the Elections Committee, the Discipline Committee, and the Committee to Consider Broadened Role for the Valuation Actuary. He also volunteered as a director with The Actuarial Foundation of Canada.

Robert Dowsett (1973-1974)
Mr. Dowsett was the CIA’s 10th President, from 1973–1974. 

“The Canadian actuarial profession has lost one its finest with the passing of Rob Dowsett,” says Past President Stuart Wason. “I have known Rob since the early 1970s when he greeted me as Crown Life president and I was an aspiring actuarial student. We worked most closely during my actuarial consulting with Mercer. Rob had been instrumental in the development of Mercer’s insurance practice in Canada in the early 1990s. During these later years at Mercer, Rob was a very important mentor to me and one of the finest people I have ever met. His grace, high principles, statesmanship, and genuine love of people were unparalleled. Rob inspired all who knew him, often with a twinkle in his eye and the warmth of his smile, to do their best. I will miss him greatly, but his lifelong legacy carries on through those who have met him and been inspired by him.”

Past President Jacques Tremblay first met Mr. Dowsett in fall 1994. “Rob was set to retire from Mercer then, but decided to stay with us for the next 30 months to provide leadership and support as we were dealing with the Confederation Life liquidation. As far as actuaries go, they don’t come much better than Rob Dowsett. He was such a professional, a pillar, a fantastic role model, and a continuous source of inspiration for us all here at Oliver Wyman.” Mr. Tremblay remembers seeing Mr. Dowsett most recently at the 2017 CIA Pension Seminar. “Young Rob (88 years old) was there at 7:30 a.m., making sure he saw me before my presentation to provide his support,” he says. “Rob will be missed so much.”

A founding member of the CIA, Mr. Dowsett contributed extensively to Our history. Our achievements., a written history of the CIA produced as part of the Institute’s 50th anniversary celebration. He became a silver volunteer award recipient at the 2015 Annual Meeting.

Rob Dowsett obituary


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