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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Obituary: Andy Gibson

Andy’s many friends and colleagues in the actuarial profession and in the world of pensions and investment will be saddened by his untimely death on 9 May 2003 at the age of 52, after a heroic battle against cancer.

A Yorkshireman by birth and to the end, he was a graduate of Imperial College, London. He joined the Mercantile & General Reinsurance Company, then part of the Prudential Group, as an actuarial student, qualifying in 1976. He moved swiftly into the investment field, rising to be the M&G’s investment manager with worldwide responsibility.

When the investment functions of the M&G were taken over by the Prudential in 1992, he began a new career with Law Debenture as a trustee of occupational pension schemes. Andy was ideally suited to the role of trustee, being firm on principle and careful about detail but always practical and fair-minded. As a director of Law Debenture, he oversaw the winding-up of a number of high-profile schemes as well as acting as the independent trustee on ongoing schemes.

He took great pride in his membership of the actuarial profession and in the institutions of the City of London. He was a liveryman and trustee of the Worshipful Company of Actuaries.

He was also a natural teacher and speaker. For a number of years he made an outstanding contribution to the training programmes of the NAPF. His interest in teaching extended beyond his work and he had plans to be more involved in the teaching of children with learning difficulties.

Friends will remember his high standards, his good sense, his convivial company, and his impish humour. He carried on working despite the advance of his illness. His fortitude and candour astonished everyone who met him in his last months.

He leaves his wife Christine and children Joseph (17) and Lucy (14).