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Emmett J Vaughan, CPCU, CLU, CPIW

A prolific writer, speaker, and consultant on insurance issues, Dr. Emmett J. Vaughan, CPCU, CLU, CPIW, was a preeminent scholar with an international reputation, writing 15 books and monographs and over 200 scholarly articles. His book Fundamentals of Risk and Insurance is a leading college textbook, now in its 11th edition. His books have been used around the world and translated into Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Serbo-Croation. In 1992, he was retained to assist in the determination of the war damages resulting from the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, payable under a United National Resolution. He was frequently called upon to testify in legislative and judicial hearings on matters related to insurance, including numerous occasions in which he testified before the Congress of the United States. He also served as a special consultant to the US Department of Labor on workers compensation and health insurance issues beginning in 1992. His teaching career began when he joined the University of Iowa in September 1963, where he subsequently became the J.E. Partington Professor of Insurance. He was instrumental in helping the university earn a distinguished reputation in the field of insurance education in the 1970s and 1980s. In September 1987, Dr. Vaughan was inducted into the Japanese Risk Management Society, only the second American ever so honored. Vaughan's importance to the field of insurance, particularly in the state of Iowa, was acknowledged when he was inducted as a charter member of the Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2003, Allied Insurance constructed a new training center at their Des Moines, Iowa, facility, which was dedicated and named in his honor. Over the years, Dr. Vaughan inspired hundreds of students to pursue careers in the insurance industry. He mentored and trained many of the industry’s top leaders, and insurance executives throughout the nation credit Dr. Vaughan for influencing their careers. A tireless student of the industry himself, he has spent his career analyzing the significance of insurance in our society and promoting the highest level of professionalism among its practitioners. Dr. Vaughan earned his Ph.D. in economics and insurance in 1963 and an M.A. in economics in 1962, both from the University of Nebraska. He earned his B.A. in economics from Creighton University. Dr. Vaughan held the professional designations of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU).