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Thursday January 3, 2013

MacDonald, John Bruce, FCIA, FSA, FAAA
Born in Toronto May 18, 1928, son of Roy and Louise (Bruce) MacDonald. A mathematics graduate of the University of Toronto (1949), he became a fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 1955, a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries at its founding in 1965 and a member of the American Academy in 1966. Professionally, he worked for the Crown Life Insurance Company and, from 1965 to his retirement in 1991, for William M. Mercer Ltd. In 2003 he was elected a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. As the author of An Actuarial Monograph on the Canada Pension Plan, commissioned by OSFI in 1995, he had a significant impact on the progress of the CPP. He was also the author of two commissioned reports, in 1983 and 1994, on Nova Scotia pension requirements. In retirement he remained active in the field and was serving on two committees of the Society of Actuaries, as well as being editor and principal author of Carswell's Benefits Guide at the time of his death. In his private life, he was a Past President of Scotia Festival of Music and a past Vice-president of Symphony Nova Scotia. In 1990 he received the Outstanding Cultural Supporter (Individual) award of the Cultural Federation of Nova Scotia. He was the first non-military president of the Royal United Services Institute of Nova Scotia and was a past president of Unitarian congregations in Montreal and Halifax. He was a long-time member of the President's Council of the Canadian Opera Company and an active supporter of the Stratford and Shaw Festivals. It is indicative of his diverse interests that at various times he was heard on the CBC as an expert on both opera and pensions. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary Lu (Mott) and by a host of friends around the world with whom he shared his many interests. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in the Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax at 3 pm on January 12. There will be a memorial concert in the spring. Memorial donations to the Canadian Opera Company, 227 Front Street East, Toronto M5A 1E8; Scotia Festival of Music, 6181 Lady Hammond Road, Halifax B3K 2R9; Symphony Nova Scotia, 301- 5657 Spring Garden Road, Halifax B3J 3R4; or to your own favourite cultural organization would be appreciated.

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