In Memory of Grady Catterall

Grady Catterall, FSA 1993, MAAA 1990, passed away on March 21, 2020 at age 57 after a short but fierce battle with primary liver cancer. Grady was born in Dallas, TX and graduated as co-valedictorian from Skyline High School in Dallas and Harvard University (Applied Math, 1985). He began his actuarial career working for The Equitable Life Assurance Company and Towers Perrin Forster & Crosby in New York City and went on to earn his FSA in 1993.  After moving to Washington DC with his wife Penelope, he turned his interest towards the health insurance field and worked for several benefits consulting firms, including Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson), Gabriel Roeder Smith, The Lewin Group, and The Hay Group. He also held health actuarial positions at Kaiser Permanente and United HealthCare. He earned a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 2003 and served in many volunteer positions for the Society of Actuaries and the American Academy of Actuaries, including as co-editor of SOA newsletter Health Watch.

During the last few years of his life, Grady worked in his wife’s professional organizing and daily money management business, Order Your Life, providing their clients with financial, computational, logistical, editorial, programming, and other services (including, aptly, helping them navigate the complexities of their health plans).

Grady is remembered as a kind and caring family man, an engaging and loyal friend, a patient and reliable volunteer among the elderly, and a decent and principled citizen. He was well-read, articulate and gentle-natured, with a wry and witty sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife of almost 32 years, Penelope of Bethesda, MD, sons Philip of New York City and James of Bethesda, MD, brothers Robert (Marcia) of Atlanta, GA and Arthur (Jana) of Arlington, VA, and mother Annabelle Catterall of Dallas, TX as well as numerous other loving family members. He is predeceased by his father Frederick William Catterall III. 

Donations in Grady's name may be made to Montgomery Hospice or the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation