Dr. McGill, Wharton

Dr. Dan M. McGill, professor emeritus of insurance and risk management in the Wharton School, passed away February 5, 2013, at age 93.

Dr. McGill received his BA from Maryville College in Tennessee in 1940, his MA from Vanderbilt University in 1941 and afterward served in the US Army Air Force as a statistical control officer before earning his PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1947. He served again in the Air Force as director of finance from 1951-1952.

Prior to joining Penn's faculty, Dr. McGill was an associate professor at the University of Tennessee, the Julian Price Associate Professor of Life Insurance at the University of North Carolina and a visiting associate professor at Stanford University. In 1952, he was appointed associate professor of insurance in the Wharton School, was promoted to professor in 1956 and was named the Frederick H. Ecker Professor of Life Insurance in 1959. He also served as chair of the department in the 1960s.

In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. McGill served as research director of the Pension Research Council and then as its chairman. He also served as executive director of the S. S. Heubner Foundation, 1954-1974, was chairman of the governing board of the Leonard Davis Institute and chairman of the Graduate Group in Business and Applied Economics. He became emeritus in 1981.

Dr. McGill testified before Congress concerning various matters, held several Presidential appointments and was a noted expert in pensions for different corporations and countries. He was the recipient of the Elizur Wright Award for outstanding publication in the field of insurance with The Fundamentals of Private Pensions in 1955. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Maryville College in 1962 and was the 1973 Employee Benefits Man of the Year according to Pension and Welfare News.

Dr. McGill is survived by his wife, Elaine Kim McGill; his son, Doug; several grandchildren; brother, Marvin McGill; sister, Marcelle Lillard; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Clover Hill Presbyterian Church, PO Box 4877, Maryville, TN 37802.