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Abraham C. Olshen ’33

Abraham Olshen ’33, October 2, 2000, in San Francisco, California. Abraham earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Iowa in 1935 and a PhD in 1937. In 1934, he married Dorothy Olds ’37. He held various jobs as a statistician and actuary in Portland and Iowa before joining West Coast Life Insurance Company, San Francisco, in 1946 as an actuary. He held increasingly responsible positions with the company, retiring in 1968 as senior vice president and member of the board of directors. He continued to work as a consultant after retiring. He was a member and officer of many professional organizations and committees during his career and was a fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science. He contributed research articles to scientific and trade journals and publications, including the Annals of Mathematical Statistics and the Encyclopedia Britannica. Survivors include a son and a daughter. Dorothy died in 1998.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2001

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