Richard E. Olson died as a result of a traffic accident, August 05, 2014 in Dedham, Maine.
He was passionate about life – making an impact, making life better for everyone. He was always looking for a better way. Revitalizing downtown Des Moines was his priority. He was a visionary who created excitement and showed people what Des Moines could become. Skywalks, Civic Center, Botanical Garden – when he dreamed, he dreamed big.
Visitation will be at Iles Dunn’s Chapel from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 22, 2014. Funeral services will be held at Noon on Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, Iowa. Burial will follow at Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Lifeline of Iowa, 4521 SE 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50320, or Woodland Cemetery Restoration, 4909 University, Des Moines, Iowa 50311.
Mr. Olson was a 1999 inductee to the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame. Click here to view his profile page from the 1999 induction ceremony.
The Board of Directors for the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for consideration in 2015.
To be eligible for consideration, nominees must have an Iowa connection, serve as a role model for young people as well as others in the insurance business, exhibit the highest standards of ethical conduct, and have significantly impacted the insurance industry.
The deadline for new nominations ,and updates to to previous nominations, is March 1, 2015. Additional information about the nomination process can be found by clicking here.
Susan E. Voss, J.D., has joined the Board of Directors of the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame. Voss was the insurance commissioner for the State of Iowa from 2005 to 2013. She also served as president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioner (NAIC) in 2011. She is a member of the Iowa insurance Hall of Fame and was inducted in 2013. Click here for her bio from the 2013 induction ceremony.
The financial support we receive from our sponsors is what allows the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame to continue recognizing outstanding contributions to the Iowa insurance industry. A big thank you to all of our 2014 sponsors:
| American Equity Investment Life | American Republic Insurance Co | Chubb Insurance Group | EMC Insurance Companies | Farmers Mutual Hail Ins Co of Iowa | FBL Financial Group (Farm Bureau) | Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance | Holmes Murphy & Associates | Homesteaders Life Company | IMT Group | Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa | Iowa CPCU Society Chapter | Iowa Insurance Institute | Iowa Mutual Insurance – DeWitt | Insurance Association of Greater Des Moines | Kelley Continuing Education Program | LaMair Mulock Condon Co | Merchants Bonding Company | Mutual Insurance Association of Iowa | Nationwide | NCMIC | Partners Mutual Insurance Company | Poweshiek Agency Inc | Reynolds & Reynolds | Principal Financial Group | Steve Roe | State Auto Insurance | TrueNorth | United Fire Group |
The Association of Professional Insurance Women (APIW) Insurance Woman of the Year award, presented annually since 1976, recognizes an exceptional woman who has achieved prominence in the insurance industry.
Dr. Therese M. Vaughan was chosen as this year’s award recipient in recognition of her outstanding achievements and leadership within the industry, as well as her commitment to the advancement of women. Dr. Vaughan is a member of the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame and was inducted in 2003. Click here to read her 2003 IIHOF profile page.