On Thursday, March 7, 2013, the NAPSLO family lost one of its founding members and past presidents, Mitchell M. Gwinn, Jr., CPCU.
Mitch was born on May 19, 1927 in Atlanta, where he attended Tech High School. A naval veteran of World War II, he saw action in the Battle of Okinawa.
Mitch spent 50 years in the property and casualty insurance business, employed in underwriting, production and management. He earned his Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters designation in 1957. A founder of Southern General Insurance Company, he served as President of that firm for more than 20 years. He was also former Vice Chairman of that company’s affiliate, Insurance House. He served as President of the Georgia Chapter CPCU, Regional Vice President of the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices, and NAPSLO President during the 1978-79 term, President of the Georgia Fieldmen’s Association, Skipper of the Georgia Mariners’ Club and Emperor of the National Grappa Society. He received the Georgia Women’s Insurance Association’s “Boss of the Year Award,” and the Georgia Independent Insurance Agents’ prestigious Herman Haas Award for his exemplary service to the insurance industry.
Mitch enjoyed the theater, was an avid fan of Gilbert & Sullivan music and served as Chairman of the Southeastern Savoyards (now the Atlanta Lyric Theatre). He especially found pleasure in spending time with his family and many friends at his horse farm in northeast Alabama.
Mitch is survived by Jacquelyn his wife, two sons, Mitch and Wes, daughters-in-law, Kathy and Monica, nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and his beloved Barbara.
Mitch was truly a “one of a kind” legend in terms of his passion for the insurance business. Mitch’s integrity, leadership and most of all his warmth and unique sense of humor will live in our memories of him for many years to come.