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William Murray Buchanan

William Murray Buchanan, American consulting actuary. Fellow Society Actuaries, Conference of Consulting Actuaries; member American Academy Actuaries.


  • Buchanan, William Murray was born on April 14, 1935 in Valley Junction, Iowa, United States. Son of William Murray and Margaret Ann (Kehoe) Buchanan.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Business Administration, Drake University, 1957.


    • Actuarial associate Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, Cincinnati, 1957-1961. Consultant actuary Nelson & Warren, Kansas City, Missouri, 1961-1965, Buchanan & Lewis, Dallas and Kansas City, Missouri, 1966-1976. President Knickerbocker Life Group, Austin, Texas, 1976-1979.

      Consultant actuary Buchanan & Associates, Overland Park, Kansas, since 1979. Chairman, owner Unified Life Insurance Company, since 1986.


    Denomination: Roman Catholic


    Fellow Society Actuaries, Conference of Consulting Actuaries. Member American Academy Actuaries.
    • Fellow Society Actuaries

    • Conference of Consulting Actuaries; Academy Actuaries.



    Running, theater, music.


    • Married Jean Marie West, August 20, 1955. Children: Belinda Jean, Jennifer Sue, William Murray, Timothy John.
    • father: William Murray Buchanan
    • mother: Margaret Ann (Kehoe) Buchanan
    • spouse: Jean Marie West
    • children: Belinda Jean Buchanan
    • Jennifer Sue Buchanan
    • William Murray Buchanan
    • Timothy John Buchanan
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    • 1957
      Drake University
    • 1957 - 1961
      Actuarial associate, Western and Southern Life Insurance Company
      Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
    • 1961 - 1965
      consultant, actuary Nelson & Warren
      Kansas City, Missouri, United States
    • 1966 - 1976
      consultant, actuary Nelson & Warren
      Missouri, United States
    • 1976 - 1979
      president, Knickerbocker Life Group
      Austin, Texas, United States
    • 1979
      consultant, actuary Buchanan & Associates
      Overland Park, Kansas, United States