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Title:Harold A. Garabedian papers
Call Number:M113
Volume:1.0 cubic ft. (1 box)
Scope and Content Note:This collection documents Harold A. Garabedian's (HAG's) role in the development of the Graduate School of Actuarial Science (GSAS) at Northeastern University (NU) and his activities as a professor there. Also documented is his involvement in the Society of Actuaries and his activities revising study materials for the Society's entrance examinations. The collection includes HAG's class and lecture notes, practice problem sets, and study notes from the Society of Actuaries. The focus of the collection is actuarial mathematics and the bulk of the collection are HAG's teaching materials. The "Society of Actuaries" folders contain materials that reflect HAG's work for the Society of Actuaries. The "Teaching Materials" folders contain materials HAG used for his classes at NU, often covering similar material, but stemming from a different activity.
Biographical Note:Harold A. Garabedian (HAG) was born in 1898 in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Tufts College in 1919, then took a job with the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company as an actuary. He was promoted to vice-president and consultant in 1961 and retired from the John Hancock in 1963. During 1963, HAG, along with Byron K. Elliot, president of the John Hancock, and Asa Knowles, then president of Northeastern University (NU), developed the Graduate School of Actuarial Science (GSAS) at NU. HAG was involved in developing the syllabus for the GSAS and in the decision-making process that resulted in the GSAS courses being geared towards preparing students for the Society of Actuaries exams. HAG was also instrumental in helping to set up actuarial internships for students. He served as Acting Director for the GSAS until 1964, when Dr. Geoffrey Croft became the school's first director. HAG stayed on as a professor for several years, and he died in 1974. The GSAS closed in 1981 due to lack of student enrollment.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Garabedian, Harold A.

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts). Graduate School of Actuarial Science

  • Insurance -- Mathematics
  • Mathematics -- Study and Teaching
  • Mathematics -- Examinations
  • Society of Actuaries
  • Entrance examinations -- Study Guides

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Hanna Clutterbuck, May 2006

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1Graduate School of Actuarial Science Class Schedules1968-1969
1National Association of Insurance Commissioners1958-1959
Society of Actuaries
1"Actuarial Phases" Exam Study Notes1966
1Paper Discussionn.d., 1967
1"Valuation" Exam Notes1968
1"Valuation" Exam Study Notes
Teaching Materials
Compound Interest
1Class Notesn.d., 1966-1971
1Practice Problemsn.d., 1970
1General Insurance Class Notes1963-1969
1Mathematics of Finance1965-1971
1Part Three Test Preparation
1Practice Examsn.d., 1970
1Practice Problems
1Society of Actuaries "Actuarial Phases" Exam Class Notesn.d., 1968
Society of Actuaries "Valuation" Exam
1Class Notes (2 folders)1968-1969
1Class Tests1968-1969
1Test Solutions1953-1968
1Part 9I/Valuation Exam Notes
1Seminar Notes1969
1Valuation Articles1944-1946, 1966