Regents' Proceedings 875
Carl Hahn Fischer, Professor of Insurance in the School of Business Retirement
Administration and Professor of Actuarial Mathematics in the College of
Literature, Science, and the Arts, has reached the age of seventy and the
University reluctantly concedes to his eligibility for retirement.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, he received his bachelor's degree from
Washington University in St. Louis in 1923. He took his graduate work at the
State University of Iowa, receiving his master's degree in 1930 and his
doctor's degree in 1932.
Prior to being appointed Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University
in 1941, he held teaching positions at Beloit College, the University of Iowa,
the University of Minnesota, and Wayne University. In addition, he had
served many institutions as a consulting actuary. In 1945 he was promoted
to Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University and in 1950 to the
dual professorships he now holds. In 1963 he was also named Director of the
Master of Actuarial Science Program.
It is no understatement to say that this University is nationally regarded for
the strength of its program in actuarial science. It is equally true that such a
reputation is simply a reflection of the renown and esteem generally
accorded Professor Fischer by professionals and educators in this field
everywhere. He has been not only a brilliant teacher but is equally regarded
for his capacity to apply the principles of his discipline to a countless number
of actuarially based insurance plans throughout the nation.
His presence will be sorely missed by colleagues and students alike. It is no
small consolation however that the foundations for the actuarial programs he
has laid will serve students and teachers at this University for years to come.
The Regents commend this excellent teacher and scholar and salute his
professional achievements as they name him Professor Emeritus of Insurance
and Professor Emeritus of Actuarial Mathematics.