Allen Ramsey Beard, 81, actuary, war veteran

November 29, 2003

Allen Ramsey Beard, a retired actuary and World War II veteran, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Wednesday at his Riderwood home. He was 81.

Mr. Beard was born in Little Rock, Ark., and raised in Augusta, Ark. He left during his senior year at the University of Arkansas to enlist in the Air Force.

He served in southern Italy with the 15th Air Force as a bombardier aboard B-17 Flying Fortresses. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of captain. He remained active in the Air Force Reserve and had attained the rank of major at the time of his retirement.

FOR THE RECORD - Allen Ramsey Beard:
An obituary in yesterday's editions incorrectly reported the date of services for Allen Ramsey Beard. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Towson United Methodist Church, 501 Hampton Lane, Towson.
The Sun regrets the error.

He returned to the University of Arkansas, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1950 in mathematics and English. He earned a master's degree in actuarial science in 1951 from the University of Iowa.

Mr. Beard began his career as an actuary working in Indianapolis and later Columbus, Ohio. He moved to Baltimore in 1967 when he opened a branch of the Meidinger Corp., now part of William M. Mercer Corp. In 1974, he joined the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. in Washington, where he was chief actuary until retiring in 1991.

His professional memberships included the American Society of Actuaries and the American Academy of Actuaries in Public Practice. He was also a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Optimist Club.

Mr. Beard enjoyed golfing and playing bridge. He also liked to attend reunions of his wartime B-17 crew.

He was a longtime member of Towson United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school and was active with the youth group.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church, 501 Hampton Lane.

Mr. Beard is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Armilda Cook; a daughter, Jennifer B. Mergrian of Abingdon; two brothers, James Beard of Memphis, Tenn., and Samuel J. Beard of Dallas; two sisters, Mary Daniel of Hot Springs, Ark., and Laura Munson of Lynchburg, Va.; and three grandchildren.

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