Insurance Hall of Fame

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The Insurance Hall of Fame, occasionally referred to as the International Insurance Hall of Fame,[1] honors exceptional members of the insurance field. It was created in 1957 and is administered by the global nonprofit International Insurance Society (IIS),[2] which was founded in 1965 and is based in New York City.[3]

The Insurance Hall of Fame's museum and portrait gallery at the University of Alabama houses a collection of portraits and memorabilia of the laureates. A multimedia collection of laureate portraits, videos, and biographies are also housed in a gallery at St. John's University in New York City.

To qualify for inclusion in the Insurance Hall of Fame, nominees must be adjudged to have made a lasting contribution to the insurance industry. They also may have shown creative thinking and imaginative actions – starting trends, discovering new products or methods, or uncovering and resolving problems.

Each year a selection of candidates deemed to fulfill the Insurance Hall of Fame awards criteria is nominated by the Honors Committee of the International Insurance Society. The nominees are then voted on by the IIS membership through a secret ballot certified by an independent public accounting firm.[4] The International Insurance Society may also elect an individual posthumously.

History[edit]

The Insurance Hall of Fame was conceived and organized in 1957 by John S. Bickley, who was then professor of insurance at Ohio State University.[5][6] It was sponsored by the Griffith Foundation for Insurance Education, which had its headquarters on the OSU campus.[5][6] The Griffith Foundation for Insurance Education is a nonprofit educational corporation founded in 1947 at Ohio State University in memory of a young Columbus, Ohio insurance agent, Charles W. Griffith, who was killed in World War II;[7][8] the foundation was affiliated with OSU until 1992.[7]

Bickley, who continued to spearhead the Insurance Hall of Fame as its Chairman, later moved to the University of Texas, and then to the University of Alabama, where he had started his academic career.[5][9]

In 1965 the Insurance Hall of Fame became international, appointing electors from 32 countries and voting on candidates from anywhere in the world.[5][6] That year Bickley founded the International Insurance Society (IIS), based in New York City, as a forum where people involved in insurance could share their ideas and interests.[9][10] The IIS encourages networking, academic pursuits, and education; it sponsors annual meetings, and funds research projects and awards.[11][12] A committee of insurance industry leaders at IIS annually elects the inductees to the Insurance Hall of Fame – those who have made notable contributions to the insurance industry worldwide.[9] As of 2019 the IIS includes electors from over 90 countries.[13]

In 1987 the Insurance Hall of Fame's museum and portrait gallery moved to the University of Alabama, where Bickley taught.[9] Space at the New York City-based International Insurance Society is too limited to display any but the current year's inductees.[9] By 2010 the museum in Alabama had drawn over 250,000 visitors.[14] The facility includes a portrait gallery of inductees through the years, a museum of insurance, and a lecture hall.[9][15][13][16]

In 2003 an additional gallery was opened at St. John's University in New York City, which hosts a multimedia collection of laureate portraits, videos, and biographies.[13][16][17] In 2004 the Insurance Hall of Fame launched its website, with lists and profiles of all inductees since its inception.[16]

Nominees for the Insurance Hall of Fame are submitted by the IIS membership and evaluated for selection by the IIS Honors Committee, a body of senior insurance executives and academics.[18] The nominees are then voted on by the IIS membership by secret ballot, which is tabulated and conducted by an independent auditing firm.[4]

Insurance Hall of Fame laureates[edit]

Data is from Insurance Hall of Fame Laureates by Year of Induction.

1950s[edit]

1957[edit]

1958[edit]

1959[edit]

1960s[edit]

1960[edit]

  • M. Albert Linton - USA
  • John A. Diemand, Sr. - USA

1961[edit]

1962[edit]

1963[edit]

1964[edit]

  • William Leslie, Sr. - USA

1965[edit]

1966[edit]

1967[edit]

  • William David Winter - USA
  • Georges Tattevin - France
  • Edmond Halley - United Kingdom
  • Alfred N. Guertin - USA
  • Leighton Foster - Canada

1968[edit]

1969[edit]

  • Charles J. Zimmerman - USA
  • Harry J. Loman - USA
  • Max E. Eisenring - Switzerland

1970s[edit]

1970[edit]

1971[edit]

1972[edit]

  • David McCahan - USA
  • Walter Arnold Dinsdale - United Kingdom

1973[edit]

1974[edit]

1975[edit]

1976[edit]

1978[edit]

  • Taizo Abe - Japan

1979[edit]

1980s[edit]

1980[edit]

  • Joseph B. Maclean - USA
  • Andre Besson - France

1981[edit]

  • Antigono Donati - Italy

1982[edit]

  • Haruo Murase - Japan

1983[edit]

1984[edit]

1985[edit]

  • S. Bruce Black - USA

1986[edit]

1987[edit]

  • Victor Dover - United Kingdom
  • Jorge Bande - Chile

1988[edit]

  • Alex Möller - Germany
  • John S. Bickley - USA
  • Robert A. Beck - USA

1989[edit]

1990s[edit]

1990[edit]

  • Douglas A. Barlow - Canada

1991[edit]

  • Alfred H. Pollard - Australia
  • Horst K. Jannott - Germany

1992[edit]

  • John E. Fisher - USA

1993[edit]

  • C. Arthur Williams - USA
  • Kenneth Black - USA

1994[edit]

  • Davis W. Gregg - USA

1995[edit]

  • Ronald M. Hubbs - USA
  • Willem de Wit - Netherlands

1996[edit]

1997[edit]

1998[edit]

1999[edit]

2000s[edit]

2000[edit]

2001[edit]

2002[edit]

  • Lutgart Van den Berghe - Belgium
  • Aad Jacobs - Netherlands
  • Edison L. Bowers - USA

2003[edit]

  • Edmund Tse - Hong Kong
  • Clemente Cabello P. - Mexico

2004[edit]

  • Kees J. Storm - Netherlands
  • Takeo Inokuchi - Japan
  • Per M. Hansson - Norway

2005[edit]

2006[edit]

  • Siegfried Sellitsch - Austria
  • Orio Giarini - Italy

2007[edit]

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

  • Sir David Rowland - United Kingdom
  • Jack Byrne - USA

2010s[edit]

2010[edit]

  • Frank O'Halloran - Australia
  • William C. Greenough - USA

2011[edit]

2012[edit]

  • Ikuo Uno - Japan
  • Manuel Povoas - Brazil

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

2015[edit]

  • Stephen Catlin - United Kingdom

2016[edit]

  • Donald Kramer - USA

2017[edit]

  • Nikolaus von Bomhard - Germany

2018[edit]

  • Shuzo Sumi - Japan

2019[edit]

  • Michael A. Butt - Bermuda

References[edit]

  1. ^ College of Commerce conference series. Ohio State University, College of Commerce and Administration.
  2. ^ "Home". International Insurance Society. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  3. ^ Hays, Daniel (January 13, 2010). "QBE's CEO O'Halloran Named To Insurance Hall Of Fame". National Underwriters. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Hofmann, Mark A. (December 3, 2013). "Five industry leaders nominated for 2014 Insurance Hall of Fame". Business Insurance. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Reinmuth, Dennis F.; Lewis, David L. (March 1971). "The Insurance Hall of Fame". The Journal of Risk and Insurance. 38 (1): 61–69. doi:10.2307/251088. JSTOR 251088.
  6. ^ a b c Reinmuth, Dennis F.; Lewis, David L. (June 1970). "The Case of the Missing Insurance Entrepreneur". The Journal of Risk and Insurance. 37 (2): 297–299. doi:10.2307/251191. JSTOR 251191.
  7. ^ a b "About The Griffith Foundation". ARIA News. American Risk and Insurance Association. 4 (2): 3–5. Fall 1999. CiteSeerX 10.1.1.387.1564.
  8. ^ "A Brief History". GriffithFoundation.org. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d e f Rupinski, Patrick (December 15, 2013). "University of Alabama houses little-known insurance museum, gallery". Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  10. ^ "Denis Kessler has been elected by the Members of the International Insurance Society to join the Insurance Hall of Fame in 2014". SCOR SE. January 29, 2014. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  11. ^ "International Insurance Society". JWTerrill.com. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  12. ^ "Glossary (A-K)". Insurance Brokers of Minnesota. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
  13. ^ a b c "Hall of Fame Museum & Lecture Hall". Culverhouse College of Business. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  14. ^ "Cowboys, croquet, insurance in U.S. halls of fame". Reuters. April 16, 2010. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  15. ^ "The Halls Of Fame That Aren't So Famous". NPR. December 29, 2010. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  16. ^ a b c "… And Now Online, the Insurance Hall of Fame". Insurance Journal. September 2, 2004. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  17. ^ "Tse, Cabello Named To IIS Insurance Hall Of Fame". National Underwriter. July 8, 2003. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  18. ^ "AXIS Capital Chairman Michael Butt Inducted into the Insurance Hall of Fame". Barron's. January 3, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.

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