Industry Veteran Jack Bogardus Dies at 92
John “Jack” Bogardus, the former chief executive officer and chairman of broker Alexander & Alexander and co-author of Spreading the Risks: Insuring the American Experience, has died from complications of Alzheimer's disease at the age of 92.
Bogardus spent more than 40 years in the insurance industry. He joined Alexander & Alexander—now part of Aon Corp.—as a trainee in 1950 and spent his entire professional career with the firm. He held the positions of vice president, executive vice president, president and chief operating officer, president and CEO, chairman and CEO, chairman of the board, and director, according to the Insurance Risk Management Institute.
Bogardus enlisted in the Navy toward the close of World War II, where he served on the USS Brown. Some years later, during the Korean conflict, he was a commissioned officer and served on the USS Roanoke based out of Norfolk, Virginia, according to his obituary.
Bogardus was the author of articles in various professional journals and co-author with Robert Moore of Spreading the Risks: Insuring the American Experience in 2003, according to IRMI.
He served as a director of the Insurance Brokers Association of New York and a director and chairman of the governing committee of the National Association of Insurance Brokers. He was also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Insurance Committee, and a board member of the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters and of the Insurance Institute of America.
Bogardus is survived by his wife of 70 years, Lela, and four children; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, according to his obituary.