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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Obituary: Dudley Williams

Dudley Watkyn Williams was born in 1924, and died in June 2004, shortly before his 80th birthday. Having joined the South African Air Force, he qualified as a navigator during the second world war. He was transferred to the Royal Air Force and saw service in Egypt and Italy.

Dudley qualified as a fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries in 1951. At the time, he was the 28th South African to qualify as an actuary.

Dudley had a fine career in the Southern Life Association, as it was known at the time. He was promoted to assistant actuary in 1955, to actuary in 1966, and to assistant general manager in 1967. He became deputy general manager in 1973, general manager in 1974, and managing director in 1978. In 1985 he became chairman of Southern Venture Investments, a position he held until his retirement in 1988.

In the actuarial profession, too, he played his part and served on a number of committees. These included the Actuarial Society of South Africa’s Social Security, Complaints Filtering, and Admissions Committees. He served on the ASSA Council from 1976 to 1978 and from 1983 to 1986, and was elected president of ASSA in 1984. He also served as vice-president of the Faculty from 1985 to 1987.Dudley and his wife Gwen loved mountains and nature, and walked many mountain trails in the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces.

He was a man of great integrity; considerate to his fellow men, and a true gentleman. He was a great friend to have.

Our thoughts are with Gwen, whose support surely contributed to his success, and with Susan, Margaret, and Graham and their families, in their loss of a loving husband and father.