In Memory of Loia D. McInally
Loia D. McInally, FSA 1970, MAAA 1967, of Newtown Square, PA, who his friends called “Mac,” passed away at age 85 on September 1, 2019 after a long and fulfilling life.
Mac is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Joan Mueller McInally; children Steven McInally (Kim), Jeffrey McInally, and Lisa Mansure (Bobby), grandson John McInally, sisters Cheryl Talluto and Marsha Demrose, along with eight nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Donna Smith.
Born in Pontiac, Michigan January 7, 1934 to the late Lossie and Margaret Turner McInally, Loia’s fondest recollection of his childhood was visiting his cousin’s farms in his native state. He also enjoyed playing various sports while growing up, excelling as a cross country runner at Denby High School.
In 1953, two years before the Salk vaccination, at age 19, Loia contracted polio while sailing on Lake St. Clair. He was treated at Port Huron Hospital where he eventually recovered after three months in the iron lung. He would often recall times when there were electrical black-outs at the hospital and was forever grateful for hospital staff and nurses who manually operated the iron lungs to help keep the polio patients alive.
Loia’s passion for learning led him to Wayne State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Master’s degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Michigan. Loia eventually went on to pass his actuarial exams and become a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and an Enrolled Actuary with U.S. Treasury.
Besides being a paperboy in Detroit during his youth, his professional career took him to Baltimore, MD with Maryland Life Insurance Company and Philadelphia, PA with, Philadelphia Life Insurance Company, Peat Marwick, Mitchell & Co. and as a consulting pension actuary and partner with Hay/Huggins Company. Finally, in 1981 he opened his own actuarial and employee benefits consulting firm, McInally Associates, Inc., which he operated until retiring in 2009.
Despite certain physical limitations that would set-in due to post-polio syndrome, with his positive outlook and sense of humor (often laughing at himself), Loia made the most out of life. Musically gifted, he enjoyed playing the banjo with friends (especially all the Homesteaders in Charlie’s garage) and was a member of the Mainliners Barbershop Chorus. He supported his children and grandson by having a nearly perfect attendance at their Indian Guide, Scouting and sporting events. Loia had a passion for adventure, particularly planning many fond vacations, and made sure to share each journey with his family and friends.
Memorial donations can be made to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital 414 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355.
Port Huron Hospital Foundation 1201 Stone Street, Suite 11, Port Huron, MI 48060.