Former Principal Financial Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer G. David Hurd, 86, died February 6, 2016. G. David Hurd was CEO of Principal from 1989 to 1994.
Hurd, born in Chicago on Dec. 14, 1929, graduated from Michigan State University in 1951. He came to Des Moines in 1954 to work for Banker’s Life Co., now Principal Financial Group Inc., and stayed with the company for 40 years before retiring in 1994, although he continued to serve as director of Principal Mutual Life Insurance Co.
He was inducted into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame in 2000. Click here to read his profile page from the 2000 induction ceremony.
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, 2016. Additional information about the nomination process can be found by clicking here.
Richard P. (Dick) Friedman, past President of the Iowa Big “I,” died on November 8, 2015. He was with Friedman Insurance, Dubuque and was president of the Independent Insurance Agents in 1998-1999.
Dick was inducted into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame earlier this year. Click here to read his Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame profile page. Click here for service information and his obituary.
George W. Kochheiser passed away on Wednesday June 17, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Kathleen. He is survived by son, Kent and daughter-in-law Beth, also of Cincinnati, and sister Jeanne Faust of Newton, IA. He was born on October 11, 1925 in Lorimor, Iowa to George and Dorothy Kochheiser.
He graduated from North High School in Des Moines in 1943. He served in the US Army in World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters with the 341st Infantry Regiment, 86th Division and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Upon discharge from the Army he enrolled at Drake University.
Following graduation Mr. Kochheiser began his 41-year career with EMC Insurance, beginning as a clerk in the file room and retiring in 1991 as President and Chief Operating Officer. He continued serving on the board of directors until 2008.
Mr. Kochheiser achieved the CPCU designation and focused much of his work on promoting advanced insurance education within the company. In May of 2009 he was inducted into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame in recognition of his many contributions to the business of insurance. Click here for Mr. Kochheiser’s profile page from his 2009 induction into the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame. Click here for Mr. Kochheiser’s obituary as published in the Des Moines Register on June 21, 2015.