Virtual fun with added origami
The Staple Inn Actuarial Society held its first virtual social event this summer by hosting an origami tutorial. The event was held over Zoom, and 15 people joined. The tutorial lasted an hour, with people being shown how to fold a lotus and then two ways to make a lily and a butterfly. The butterfly was the hardest to fold, demonstrating that learning virtually can be more difficult! However, people very much enjoyed the challenge.
Next came our virtual board games night on 19 August. We played Codenames, a word guessing game involving two teams, for a good two hours. We didn’t know each other, so it was an interesting way to see how other people think when they gave their descriptions. This event was popular, and will run again towards the end of the year.
The SIAS Annual General Meeting was held virtually this year on 7 October. It was followed by a talk, ‘Developing and executing a climate risk strategy’, which included a brief overview of the demands of the PRA supervisory statement and financial impacts, and a deep dive into climate risk strategy.
For all future SIAS virtual events, go to at sias.org.uk/events
Obituary: Stanley Alfert
Reading the latest issue of The Actuary has prompted me to write to report the death of Stan Alfert at the age of 89. He gained fellowship in 1961 and spent most of his professional life at Gresham Life, where he was chief executive in the latter years. He left a very large family and achieved the actuarially interesting feat of having at least one grandchild younger than one of his great grandchildren. At one stage he was my tutor for Advanced Life Office Practice; I was privileged to have known him for more than 55 years.
William Morrisson, based in Scotland, gained fellowship in 1954, died age 93
Peter Shaw, based in the UK, gained fellowship in 1972, died age 76
Peter Basten, based in the UK, gained fellowship in 1954, died age 87
Mukund Diwan, based in India, gained fellowship in 1958, died age 88
Peter Abell, a student based in the UK, died age 39
John Prescott, an associate based in the UK, died aged 71
Ian Munro, based in the UK, gained fellowship in 1969, died aged 81
Charles Cannon, based in the UK, gained fellowship in 1958, died aged 87
Christopher Coote, based in the UK, gained fellowship in 1978, died aged 67
Peter Sharman, based in the UK, gained fellowship in 1956, died aged 96
Kumbakonam Narasimhan, based in India, gained fellowship in 1962, died aged 87
Matthew Lane, based in the UK, gained fellowship in 2002, died aged 52
Derek Bourdon, based in the UK, gained fellowship in 1957, died aged 87
Sir David Prosser, based in the UK, gained fellowship in 1972, died aged 76
Edward Brister, based in the UK, gained fellowship in 1966, died aged 85
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