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In Memory of Thaddeus Czupek

Thaddeus Alexander Czupek, ASA 1965, EA 1976, former MAAA 1971, died suddenly at his home in Oak Lawn, Illinois on October 26, 2014, after enduring multiple medical challenges for many years.  He was 75 years old.  Mr. Czupek was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 7, 1939.  His scholastic ability was recognized early in his academic career as an honor student at Weber High School by receiving a scholarship from Chicago Mayor Daley's Youth Foundation to attend college.  After graduation, he attended DePaul University but later transferred to the University of Michigan in order to specialize in the field of actuarial science.  From the University of Michigan, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 1960.  He was the recipient of a fellowship award to continue his studies in graduate school and he received his Master of Science degree in mathematics in 1961.

Following his graduate education at the University of Michigan, he began his lifelong career with Continental Assurance Company.  At CNA, he began as an assistant actuary in the pension department, later became the group pension sales manager and eventually was the Director of Pension Investment Marketing, Institutional Markets.  Ill health forced his early retirement from his position in 2003.  Throughout his entire career in the pension and insurance business, Mr. Czupek's decisiveness and thoroughness gained him the respect of his colleagues.  He continued his actuarial duties as an independent consulting actuary until the time of his death.

Mr. Czupek's mathematical ability and logic were outstanding.  He was an avid coin collector and all-around sports fan.  At the top of his sports list were horse racing, University of Michigan football, the Chicago White Sox, and his eight year old grandson's little league team.  His guidance in financial matters was sought and valued by many.  Above all, he had an incredible wit and a heart of gold that brought immense pleasure to all those who were lucky enough to have known him.

Mr. Czupek is survived by his wife Joy Czupek of Scottsdale, Arizona, son Joseph (Colette) Czupek of Scottsdale, Arizona, daughter Deborah Czupek Persaud (Brian) of Oak Park, Illinois, and grandson Matthew Persaud.