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William J. Cohagan ’32

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William Jay Cohagan ’32, November 25, 2003, in Hemet, California. William attended the University of Oregon for a year before transferring to Reed, where he earned a BA in mathematics. Following graduation, he began a career as an actuary for the Prudential Insurance Company, working first in New Jersey and then in Los Angeles in 1948. In 1950, he assisted in opening the company’s Canadian head office, transferring to the Minneapolis office in 1965. He retired as a vice president in 1968. His work at Prudential was interrupted only by service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. William was a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, and a board member and officer for various nonprofit organizations. He is survived by his daughter and granddaughter.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2004

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