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Deforest Williams Abel

insurance executive.

Deforest Williams Abel, American insurance executive. Served in Quartermaster Corps., United States Army, 1917-1918.; Mason.


Abel, Deforest Williams was born on July 19, 1890 in Franklin, Tennessee, United States. Son of Frank Asbury and Julia Ann (Mott) Abel.


Bachelor of Laws, Cornell Univercity, 1915.


September 1974); children—DeForest Williams, Judith Marshall. Clerk law office, Ithaca, New York, 1915-1916. Admitted to New York bar, 1918.

In home office and special agent N.E. General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation, Philadelphia, 1919-1920. Solicitor and branch production manager American Mutual Liability Insurance Company, Boston, 1920-1925. With Amica Mutual Insurance Company, Providence, 1925-1977, secretary, assistant treasurer, 1933-1939, director, 1934-1977, vice president, secretary, 1939-1940, president, 1940-1968, Chairman of the Board, chief Executive officer, 1968-1971, honorary Chairman of the Board, 1971-1977.

Secretary, assistant treasurer, director Arnica Credit Corporation, Providence, 1936-1940, president, 1940-1968, director, 1940-1977. Director Amica Life Insurance Company, Arnica Underwriters, Inc., Amica Services, Inc.


Served in Quartermaster Corps., United States Army, 1917-1918. Mason.; Clubs: Squantum, Rhode Island Country.


Married Grace Isabel Marshall, July 2, 1926 (deceased. Children: DeForest Williams, Judith Marshall.

Frank Asbury Abel

Julia Ann (Mott) Abel

Grace Isabel Marshall

DeForest Williams Abel

Judith Marshall Abel