In Memory of Diljit Juneja

Diljit S. Juneja of Toronto, Canada and Orlando, Florida, ASA 1965, MAAA 1976, FCIA 1965, FIA 1953, died on Friday, November 11, 2016, in Orlando three days from his 94th birthday. Mr. Juneja was born in Peshawar, India. The eldest of eight siblings, Mr. Juneja earned a bachelor's degree from Punjab University, a master's degree in mathematics at Islamia College, Peshawar, became a professor of mathematics, and rose to become Dean of Arts and Sciences at Khalsa College, Delhi. When his Sikh relatives were forced to flee their homes during the partition of India, Mr. Juneja, now the sole support for an entire extended family, focused his studies on actuarial science, becoming in 1956 the first Sikh actuary in India. In 1965 Mr. Juneja immigrated to Canada to take a position as an actuary in the Toronto branch of William H. Mercer Ltd. He rose to become President of Mercer Canada, and in 1982 moved to New York, where he was President and CEO of William M. Mercer worldwide. He was also on the Board of Marsh & McLennan Companies. He retired in 1989.

A lover of intellectual discussion, literature, theater, film, fine food, and wine, Mr. Juneja was renowned among his many friends and colleagues for his intelligence, intellectual curiosity, wisdom, compassion, and most of all for the deep and genuine interest he took in everyone he met. He will be remembered by legions of employees, colleagues, and friends across continents for the difference he made in their lives.

A deeply loving husband to Gulshan Juneja, who passed away after 54 years of marriage, and to his cherished partner of the last 18 years, Champa Nambiar, Mr. Juneja will live on in the memories of Champa, his son, Ravi (Aneeta), his daughter Nita (Charles), his grandsons, Raoul, Laurence, and Spencer, his sisters Minnie Chug, and Rita Chug, his brother Kanwaljit and his extended family.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Ripple Effect Wellness Organization (, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (, or the American Civil Liberties Union (