Insurance CEO & Author, Jack Bogardus, Dies

Wrote "Spreading the Risks: Insuring the American Experience."
Insurance CEO & Author, Jack Bogardus, Dies
July 15, 2020

Insurance executive and author John (Jack) A. Bogardus Jr., age 92, passed away in Scottsdale, AZ on June 28. Bogardus’ entire business career was spent with Alexander & Alexander Services (A&A) where he helped take the company public in 1969.  He subsequently served as President & CEO and ultimately, Chairman. Including time as a Director of the company (1963-1995), his career with A&A spanned 45 years. A&A became part of AON Corp. in 1997, creating the world’s largest insurance brokerage.

Bogardus served as a Director of the Insurance Brokers Association of New York, a Director & Chairman of the governing committee of the National Association of Insurance Brokers and a Board member of the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters (CPCU).

After retirement, Bogardus relied on decades of business experience to co-authorSpreading the Risks: Insuring the American Experience. This seminal book details how the insurance industry evolved through disasters and economic transformations into the twenty-first century. In a 2005 interview, Bogardus said, “There was no single book that adequately covered the story of America's insurance agents and brokers. I thought, who is going to do this? Then, when I gained access to unpublished material, I realized if I didn’t do it, it might never get done.”

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