In memory of Leroy Vance Botkin

Leroy Vance Botkin, FSA, MAAA, passed away on March 28, 2014. He was 92. Botkin was born on August 11, 1921 in Carthage, IL, to John and Lydia Botkin. He and his brother Wayne and sister Mary Elizabeth grew up in Denver, IL, a small town nearby. 

Botkin attended Carthage College, where he met his sweetheart, Edith Tieckelman, in 1942. That same year he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve. After graduation in 1943, he was sent to Notre Dame for midshipman’s school. Botkin received his commission of Ensign on the morning of Sept. 22, 1949. That evening, he and Edith wed in Chicago in a double wedding with a couple of classmates and good friends from Carthage College. The other groom had also received his Ensign commission that morning.

After completing his tour of duty at Notre Dame, the Navy sent Boktin to Harvard and MIT for training in a radar school. He was then assigned to the USS Uvalde, AKA 88, located on the west coast. Botkin served more than two years of naval duty in the Pacific. He was awarded two battle stars for participation in the invasions and liberations of the Philippines and Okinawa. He was discharged from active duty as a Lieutenant (JG) in February 1946.

Upon recommendation of the business manager of Carthage College in the spring of 1946, Botkin enrolled that fall as a graduate student in the actuarial science program at the University of Iowa. He received his M.S. degree in 1949 and became employed as an actuarial student at the Continental Assurance Agency in Chicago. Botkin received his Fellowship in the Society of Actuaries in 1957. After more than 38 years of service, he retired in February, 1987 as vice president and actuary of the CNA Insurance Companies in Chicago. 

Botkin were very involved in his church, the Lutheran Church of the Ascension. After retiring, he was an active part of the financial operations of the church, serving as Financial Secretary and Treasurer at different times.

Botkin and Edith raised four children: Nancy (Robert) Carlson, Allan (Barbara) Botkin, Mimi Botkin (James Wilde) and David (Nancy) Botkin. He was the cherished grandfather of David (Megan) and Steven (Jill) Carlson; Allison (Joe) Hahn; Max Botkin; Jack, Quinton, Mitchel, Christina and Elise Wilde; and Kelsey Botkin. He was the proud great grandfather of Robbie and Leah Carlson and Eva Hahn.

Memorials in Leroy’s honor may be made to Carthage College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, WI, 53140.