Robert Arthur Bailey

MURFREESBORO, TENN. - Graveside services  for Robert A. Bailey, 90, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Hayes Township Cemetery at Arthur. The Rev. Bruce Kaihoi will officiate. Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Ida Grove is in charge of arrangements.

He died Oct. 8, 2020, at Creekside Assisted Living and Memory Care at Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Robert Arthur Bailey was born in Boston, Mass., Feb. 7, 1930, son of Arthur and Helen Bailey. His father was born and raised in Needham, Mass. His mother was born and raised in Enid, Okla.

His parents met in the actuarial program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Robert was raised in Wellesley, Mass.; Williston Park, Long Island, N.Y.; and Ho-Ho-Kus and Ramsey, N.J. He graduated from Ramsey High School in 1947.

After three years at Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y., Robert was a graduate of the University of Iowa in Iowa City with a B.A. in mathematics in 1951 and an M.S. in statistics in 1953.

In 1952, he married Shirley Segerstrom at the Arthur Baptist Church, which was in Hayes Township, Ida County, near Arthur.

Robert followed his father (and mother) in an actuarial career from 1954 to 1997, including service to National Bureau of Casualty Underwriters in New York City; Hardware Mutual Casualty Company in Stevens Point, Wis.; Insurance Company of North America in Philadelphia, Pa.; Bank-A-Count Corporation in Rudolph, Wis.; and Insurance Department of Michigan in Lansing, Mich.

He also worked for National Association of Insurance Commissioners in Milwaukee, Wis.; and A.M. Best Company in Oldwick, N.J., where he was in charge of Best’s ratings and reports on property-casualty insurers.

He also was employed by E.W. Blanch Company (reinsurance brokers) in Minneapolis, Minn., which made him a partner and awarded him its Employee of the Year Award for 1990; and again at the Insurance Department of Michigan, until his retirement in 1997.

In 2015, Robert and Shirley moved to Creekside at Three Rivers Assisted Living and Memory Care in Murfreesboro, Tenn., near two of their children.

Robert was a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) since 1955, served two terms on its board, contributed many papers to the proceedings of CAS and Best’s Review.

In 1993, he received from CAS the Matthew Rodermund Service Award.  He was a member of the American Academy of Actuaries since 1965, served one term on its board and, in 1999, received from AAA the Robert J. Myers Public Service Award.

In 1997, he was elected to the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame. In 2019, he was awarded the Michelbacher Significant Achievement Award by CAS.

Since 1997, Robert authored “The Structure of Paul’s Letters.” In 2000, he became a member of the Society of Mayflower Passengers in Michigan and served as its treasurer from 2001 to 2007.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley; and their six children and spouses: Mary (Mike) Vigilanti of Manchester, Mich.; John of Milwaukee, Wis.; Paul (Melody) of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Steven (Sue) of Germantown, Wis.; Lois (Jonathan) Brady of Center Sandwich, N.H.; and Mark (Angie) of Smyrna, Tenn.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; his brother, Richard (Cindy) Bailey of Bowling Green, Ky.; and two sisters: Christine Pearce of Travelers Rest, S.C., and Margaret (Dennis) Cook of Hollister, Mo.

“Whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”  Romans 14:8b.

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