2014 Deceased Member — Robert Henry Plumb

In Memory of Robert Henry Plumb

Robert Henry Plumb, ASA 1985 and FIA 1968, loving and supportive husband and father, died 11th July 2014, in Dorking, Surrey. He was 71.

Born on 28th October 1942 in Walton on Thames, Surrey, Plumb eventually attended and graduated from Southampton University in 1963. He met his future wife Pauline on the first day of school at Southampton. The two married in August of 1963. In addition to his wife, Robert is survived by two daughters, Jennie and Sally. He was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Mary Plumb, and his younger sister, Angela.

In 1963, Plumb started work at Friends Provident & Century Life Office in Dorking (with Pauline). He achieved his FIA in 1968 specializing in permanent health insurance. After Friends Provident, he worked for National Employers’ Life, Crown Life, Anderton Kemp-Gee and Bacon & Woodrow.

In the early 1990s Plumb set up a consultancy business. From 2000 to retirement in 2012 he lectured on health insurance at Cass Business School, part of City University in London. He continued marking examination papers for a while. Over the years he travelled all over the world giving seminars on health insurance. He was the author of many papers on different aspects of the sector. He was an active member of many professional associations and chaired several committees. In 1979 he was made a Freeman of the City of London.

His hobbies were model railways, war gaming, gardening and choral singing – in particular at St Giles Church over a period of nearly 30 years. He was an enthusiastic member of the Dorking Model Railway club and Dorking Gardening Club.

Quotes from those who knew him:
“I shall remember him as a wise man and a genial companion.”
“He was one of the cleverest people I ever met. He was focused and kind. He was a gentleman in an era when that was less fashionable.”
“The world is an emptier place without him.”
“Bob’s enthusiasm for his profession and commitment to teaching will be sorely missed.”