Brad Rich
2102 E. Sentry Ridge Ct.
Tucson, AZ 85718-7861
Phone unlisted
E-mail: BRich47@comcast.net

March 2015

At the l969 conclusion of my undergraduate work at Denison University, three significant events occurred in one weekend: I graduated, was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force and married another Denison graduate, Linda Beebe. She has been the love of my life and 45+ years later, we are still happily married. Linda was a French major and would go on to teach in many of the places we lived.

The Air Force agreed to defer my active service while I went to law school. I graduated from The George Washington University Law School, passed the bar, but was then selected to serve in the White House as the youngest member of the Domestic Council, a Staff Assistant to the President of the United States. I spent two very intense years there, during which our daughter Heather was born.

In 1973 I was called to active duty, serving first in the Office of the Judge Advocate General in Washington, DC and then for four more years as a young JAG Captain assigned to Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ. While there I also served as a Special Assistant US Attorney with principal responsibility for medical malpractice cases. I taught forensic medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School. During our time in Tucson we learned to love the desert. Our son Eric was born in Tucson.

At the conclusion of my Air Force service, we moved to the Philadelphia area and I joined The Insurance Company of North America (INA). During the ensuing 9+ years I held several positions in the law department and eventually was chosen to be the President of the INA subsidiary responsible for professional liability underwriting. The latter position was in New York City; for a while I commuted daily between our suburban Philadelphia home and my office in lower Manhattan. Finally, we moved to Flemington, NJ which is where our kids spent most of their growing up years.

From INA (following the merger with Connecticut General which produced CIGNA) I was recruited to run two American subsidiaries of a large British insurer in New York. That lasted only a couple of years as the parent decided that it did not want to be in the US.

From there I joined Crum & Forster Corporation as their Chief Litigation Counsel and spent just over five years in Morristown, NJ working on failed savings and loan cases as well as environmental litigation.

In the mid-1980's, I was recruited to become the General Counsel at ACE Ltd, which was then a privately held excess underwriter in Bermuda, specializing in very large risks always written above $100 Million of underlying coverage. We moved to Bermuda. During my five years there, ACE did an IPO and later a secondary offering, and there were several other acquisitions. The work was interesting, expanding my horizons from insurance to complex securities matters and the joys of public company compliance.

When a headhunter called to see if I would consider leaving Bermuda, we were ready to come home. We moved to San Antonio where I became the General Counsel at USAA, a very large financial services company which is dedicated to serving US military families. Over the next almost 10 years I had a staff of more than 500 including about 350 lawyers. I retired from USAA in 2004 and we moved to Tucson.

I was not looking to get back into the workforce again, but another headhunter called in 2007 and after long discussions, I agreed to become the General Counsel at OneBeacon Insurance Group, which was conveniently headquartered in Canton, MA. That gave us a chance to be closer to my Mom and our son and by then, his wife and our three grandsons who live in West Newbury, MA. After 5+ years of mostly deal work (selling various parts of OneBeacon), I headed back to Tucson. I continue to do some legal consulting work.

Linda's parents are now 93 and 91 respectively and live in an assisted living facility in LA. My Mom has been a widow for many years, splitting her time between her house on Martha's Vineyard (May to October) and her house on Mountain Street in Sharon. At 92, she is still very spry. Our daughter lives and works in Florida. Our son graduated from Drew University and is now a manager for Philips in their Healthcare Division. His wife Erin is an occupational therapist. Our grandsons Aidan & Colin & Tommy are now 12, 10 and 6 respectively. They are the best!

We have enjoyed living in a number of places - Tucson has now been the longest. We find astounding beauty in the desert. We have also been able to travel a great deal. We read voraciously on a wide range of subjects. We have always had dogs - at the present time there are 8 - and we have enjoyed western pleasure horseback riding, owning at various times a number of quarter horses. For now there is only one - a two year old female Clydesdale.

There have been the usual illnesses that befall most of us, but for the most part, we are healthy and happy to be together, blessed to have a fine family, friends throughout this country and other parts of the world, and are looking forward with optimism.