Glastonbury Funeral Home

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Barbara J. Lautzenheiser

November 15, 1938March 10, 2020

Barbara J. Lautzenheiser, FSA, MAAA

Barbara Jean Ida Lautzenheiser, 81, of South Glastonbury passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. She was the widow of Gene R. Strauch. Barbara was born on November 15, 1938 in La Feria, TX to the late Fred and Verna (Springer) Lautzenheiser. Barbara grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1960 with a double major B.A. with High Distinction in Mathematics and Science. Barbara began her career in 1960 as an actuarial trainee with Bankers Life Nebraska and rose to the position of Vice President and Actuary. In 1980, she became Senior Vice President in charge of the actuarial, underwriting, corporate accounting, planning and taxes, and reinsurance departments of Phoenix Mutual Life Ins. Co. in Hartford, CT. In 1984 Barbara became the first woman to head a major insurance company in the US when she became President and Chief Operating Officer of Signature Group’s three insurance companies (Montgomery Ward Life Insurance Company, Montgomery Ward Insurance Company and Forum Insurance Company), in Schaumburg, IL. In 1986, Barbara returned to Hartford, CT and began her own highly successful actuarial consulting business, Lautzenheiser & Associates, of which she was owner and principal until 2018. Barbara held many noteworthy positions of distinction within the actuarial industry. In 1982 she was named the first woman President of the Society of Actuaries. In 2003 she was elected President of the American Academy of Actuaries, only the second woman to hold that position at that time. She was a past member of the Conference of Consulting Actuaries, the Actuarial Standards Board, and the International Actuarial Association. Barbara was an Emeritus Trustee of The Actuarial Foundation. She authored many papers and was considered an industry expert. Among her numerous awards and recognitions, she was Recipient of the Young Alumni service award from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1971, the Corporation Woman award from the Women Business Owners of New York in 1983, the C.H. Poindexter award for distinguished achievement and exceptional service to the association and insurance industry from the National Association Life Companies in 1989, and the Lifetime Achievement award from the Conference of Consulting Actuaries in 2015. She was a true trailblazer and broke many glass ceilings. Barbara loved all animals, especially her cats, and she enjoyed art, travel and shopping. In addition to her husband and parents, Barbara was predeceased by her sister, Charlene Lautzenheiser. Funeral Services are private and will be held in Nebraska. Funeral arrangements are in care of Glastonbury Funeral Home, 450 New London Tpk., Glastonbury, CT. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.glastonburyfuneral.com.


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Timothy Campbell

March 25, 2020

A great loss as Barbara was a true professional and wonderful person. I enjoyed working with her on several public policy projects over the years. May she Rest In Peace.

Rochelle LeTourneau

March 25, 2020

Barbara was always there; when I was a regulator in her industry and when I was in the same industry. I knew her over many years and many places. I feel sad that she will no longer be “there” in person. She will be remembered and missed by many.
Rest In Peace Barbara

Kathy Perkins

March 15, 2020

I have no words to describe the sense of loss I am feeling over Barbara’s passing. I worked with her as her personal assistant and office manager for 17 1/2 years. Barbara was a wonderful, kind, compassionate and understanding person and friend. She was strong yet gentle, always a champion of women and always looking out for and working for “the good of the client” because ultimately we were all clients in one way or another. She prided herself on always being unique with her ideas and solutions, and for being a visionary, which she truly was. She was a true mentor and guide. I loved her insight and stories which she would tell time and again, as if each time were the first. I will never forget Barbara or my time with her. I appreciate all she taught me and all of the wonderful people she brought into my world. I could go on and on with many memories. I will be forever grateful to this lovely five foot giant of a woman. Rest In Peace Barbara. I love you.

Chris Lavalley

March 15, 2020

I knew Barbara for 21 years.
Barbara was so compassionate to animals in need, if it was a stray she would take them in and do what was ever necessary to make them healthy.
Barbara was a animal whisperer.
Barbara was very kind to me over the years and I'll will always be grateful to her

Barbara is back with her husband Gene and her family and is at peace now

Alex LaValley

March 15, 2020

I knew Barbara for 12 years. I was a single parent needing extra hours to make ends meet, Barbara gave me a job in her home and office cleaning with flexible hours. She was kind and I appreciate the work. Over time we became friends and I admired her love of animals. She often spoke of how much she missed her husband Gene. I am glad to know she has rejoined him and believe once again she is truly happy.