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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Obituary — Professor Peter Moore (1928-2010)

Peter Gerald Moore, president of the Institute of Actuaries from 1984 to 1986, died peacefully at his family home in Sevenoaks on 14 June aged 82. at KCS Wimbledon and University College London, where he took first-class honours in statistics and obtained a PhD. Following national service with the Royal Horse Artillery he joined the Territorial Army, and was awarded the Territorial Decoration in 1963.

He qualified as an actuary in 1956 and was a partner in consulting actuaries Duncan C. Fraser from 1974 to 1977. In 1984 he became the first president of the Institute for a decade from outside the insurance industry, subsequently emulating one of his predecessors, Professor Bernard Benjamin (1966-68), in also becoming president of the Royal Statistical Society.

Before being appointed deputy principal of London Business School in 1972 and principal from 1984 to 1989, Peter held a variety of posts within and outside academia. The awards he received over the years included an honorary DSc from Heriot-Watt University in 1985. His publications were many and varied, as were the review bodies, committees and councils on which he served before and after retirement. He was Gresham professor of rhetoric from 1992 to 1995. A freeman of the City of London, he served as master of the Tallow Chandlers’ Company between 1994 and 1995.

In his perceptive presidential address at Staple Inn entitled ‘The necessity for change’, professor Moore reviewed the challenges facing actuaries in the light of changes in employment and productivity and the effect of the microchip revolution.

He saw pensions as the dominant area of challenge, with total provision certain to fall as a result of forthcoming legislation on portability. Meeting this and other challenges demanded, he said, ‘a breed of actuary who is broad of vision, deep in analytical skills, effective in communication both written and oral, and rich in human skills’. He himself was such a person, well fitted to lead the profession during that critical period. A man with a warm personality and devoted to his wife Sonja and their family, Peter Moore will be remembered for the lasting contribution he made in many areas of a varied career.

By Stewart Lyon