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Legends and Leaders Olivet College and Thomas M. Cooley Law School Host Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame Induction
Aug 24, 2012

The Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame will honor Lawrence J. Kish as an outstanding leader, legend and innovator in the insurance industry at its 19th annual induction ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. at the Lansing Country Club.

Larry Kish has served as president and general counsel of the Life Insurance Association of Michigan since 1989.

Ferris State University awarded Kish a bachelor’s degree in 1969, Central Michigan University a Master of Business Administration in 1971, and Thomas M. Cooley Law School a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1978.

He served as director of government relations for the Michigan Credit Union League and executive director of the Committee to Save Michigan Homeowners. Kish was a vice president at the Michigan Bankers Association and director of the MBA schools of banking at Central Michigan University and the University of Michigan.

Kish practiced law with Paul Nine’s Law Firm in Bloomfield Hills. He was president of the Student Bar Association while in law school, as well as president of the Cooley Law School Alumni Association in 1981, and has served on the Alumni Association’s Board of Governors for 34 years.

He served six years on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Society of Association Executives and was elected chairman in 1995. He was also inducted into the Michigan Association Hall of Fame in 2005.

Kish has served on the Olivet College Insurance Advisory Board since 1989 and was chairman of the board from 1998 to 2012. He served on the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame Board from 1994 to 2012 and was secretary/treasurer from 1997-2012. Kish has been a member of the Capitol Club since 1992 and was elected president in 2009.

Current members of the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame include 1994 inductees: David J. Dykhouse, Lansing; Richard H. Headlee, Farmington Hills; Fritz Lewis, Middleville; Charles A. McAlear, CPCU, South Haven; Ralph Moulton, Green Valley, Ariz.; the late A.J. Pasant, Lansing; Charles M. Trubac, CLU, CPCU, East Lansing; the late Nile Vermillion, Lansing; Thomas L. Wenck, CLU, CPCU, Green Bay, Wis.; and Roy Westran, CPCU, Brighton. 1995 inductees: the late Thomas G. Bowman, Sterling Heights; Howard “Corky” Gaylor, Roscommon; the late Vern Valentine (V.V.) Moulton, Lansing; Maxine V. Niemeyer, CLU, ChFC, MSFS, Grosse Pointe Woods; and the late William E. Robb, Howell. 1996 inductees: Harvey E. Kern, Frankenmuth; and Irwin “Burt” Meisel, CLU, ChFC, Southfield. 1997 inductees: Robert A. Bailey, Lansing; C. Eugene Chang, Traverse City; and Wardell C. Croft, Detroit. 1998 inductees: Donald A. Aschom, Seneca, S.C.; and Margaret L. Torok, Southgate. 1999 inductees: E.L. Cox, Grand Rapids; and Douglas L. Federau, Okemos. 2000 inductees: Robert W. Elliot Jr., East Tawas; Thomas H. Ritter, Farmington Hills; and Richard E. Whitmer, Detroit. 2001 inductees: John C. Prost, CLU, ChFC, Grosse Pointe Park; and Robert E.J. Wiseman, Mason. 2002 inductees: Donald Ray Haas, CLU, ChFC, CFP, MSFS, Southfield; and Patrick W. Stainsby, Saginaw. 2003 inductees: Douglas G. Heeter, CLU, CPCU, Big Rapids; Harry G. Iwasko, Jr., Lansing; and H. Max Tanner, CPCU, Traverse City. 2004 inductees: Morrall M. Claramunt, Frankenmuth; and Ralph J. Ladd, Detroit. 2005 inductees: Wayne McBride, Troy; and Daniel Sobczynski, Northville. 2006 inductees: Nicholas J. Simone, Iron Mountain; and Larry W. Thomas, Portland. 2008 inductees: Janet K. Holstine, Scotts; Thomas C. Jones, Ann Arbor; and Norman J.E. Roe, Grand Rapids. 2009 Inductees: Herman J. Arends, Charlotte; and James M. Crosby III, Grand Rapids. 2010 Inductees: Mark Odland, CPCU, Stevensville; Merton Segal, CPCU, Bloomfield Hills; and James Wilds, CPCU, Frankenmuth. 2011 Inductees: Donald E. Eve, Flint Township; Robert B. Hughes, East Lansing; and D. Joseph Olson, Brighton.

The Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame was established at Olivet College in 1994 as a way to pay tribute to individuals who have made a significant impact on the ability of the Michigan insurance and risk management industry to serve the public. An election panel, representing a cross-section of the insurance and risk management business, identifies leaders and/or innovators who have made significant contributions in five areas: product/service development, education, recruiting new participants, legislative and regulatory activity, and exemplary service.

Olivet College is also home to a nationally recognized undergraduate insurance and risk management program, as well as an online MBA in Insurance, and its Gamma Iota Sigma chapter is consistently ranked among the top three chapters in the nation each year including the best chapter in the nation four times.

If you are interested in nominating someone into the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame or would like additional information, please visit or contact Carol Breed, J.D., director of the Risk Management and Insurance Center at Olivet College, at (269) 749-7626.

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