Latest ASPPA History Videos Feature Duncan, Kirkpatrick

By John Ortman • October 20, 2016 • 0 Comments

New videos just added to the the ASPPA history website feature two giants among ASPPA’s past leadership: Carl Duncan, the sole surviving founder of ASPA, and James “Kirk” Kirkpatrick, who launched ASPA’s Education and Examinations (E&E) program in the 1960s and designed ASPA’s first exams.

In an October 2014 interview, Duncan, then 88, discusses a wide range of topics, including the genesis of the pension actuarial professional in the 1950s and the formation and early days of ASPA.

Kirkpatrick appears in a brief piece of Super 8 footage shot in the late 1960s by David J. Tananbaum, one of ASPA’s first members. “Kirk” also served as ASPA President in 1976, and was one of ASPA’s first representatives on the Advisory Committee of the Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries.

The video page on the ASPPA history website is here.

Featuring photos from the ASPPA archives, videos, and documents from past presidents, members and other sources, the ASPPA history website celebrates our contributions to the pension and retirement industry and the actuarial profession — and the people who made it all happen. It’s designed to complement the just-published ASPPA history book, and includes photos and documents uncovered in the course of researching, writing and editing the book. Other videos focus on ASPPA’s conferences, E&E, and advocacy programs. Also featured: videos marking ASPPA’s 25th anniversary produced in 1991 (featuring founder Harry T. Eidson) and previewing this year’s 50th anniversary celebration. The website also includes:

Photos from ASPPA conferences and events going back to the 1974 ASPPA Annual Conference, held a month after ERISA was signed into law, and more. 
• Documents and articles from the ASPPA archives and other sources, including the 1966 certificate of incorporation, ASPPA Presidents’ speeches, scripts of tributes to Chet Salkind and Ed Burrows, articles from The Pension Actuary by and about prominent leaders of the past, and more.  

Check it all out at, or click on “ASPPA History” in the “About” section of ASPPA Net.