Tuesday, January 19, 2010

In Memoriam: Early NAPSLO Director

Insurance industry veteran and one of the founders of NAPSLO, A. Mason Blodgett, died peacefully on Jan. 14, 2010, at age 94.

Mr. Blodgett was amongst those who helped found NAPSLO and served on the Board of Directors from 1975-79.

Blodgett's insurance career spanned more than seven decades. It began in Boston in 1932 with "little Aetna" and then, in the late 1930s, moved to Automobile Mutual. During WWII, he served as an officer in the Army Air Corps. After the war, Blodgett was transferred to San Francisco where he opened the western region for Automobile Mutual.

In 1956, he formed A Mason Blodgett & Associates which, for many years, was a leading retail agency in San Francisco.

In 1966, Blodgett opened Cambridge General Agency, a managing general agent and surplus lines broker. Cambridge was Scottsdale Insurance Co.'s first agent in California and pioneered a number of programs with the London market. He retired in 2007.
Blodgett is survived by his wife Sandi, sons James and William, and daughters Judy, Katie and Sarah. Remembrances may be sent to the American Association of Managing General Agents (AAMGA) Foundation.

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