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Memoir

Carl H. Fischer
Regents' Proceedings 875

Carl Hahn Fischer, Professor of Insurance in the School of Business 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.