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Insurance company executive

Ernest Reed Porter, American insurance company executive.


Porter, Ernest Reed was born on July 5, 1926 in Fayette County, Indiana, United States. Son of Ernest Porter and Gladys (Lyons) Wildermuth.


Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Miami University, 1947.


Chief actuary, Michigan Department Insurance, Lansing, 1951-1953;secretary, actuary, Mutual of Detroit, Plymouth, Michigan, 1953-1970;president, chief Executive officer, Unigard Olympic Life Insurance Company, Bellevue, Washington, 1970-1984;senior vice president, United Superior vena cava syndrome Life Insurance Company, Washington, 1985-1986;president, chief Executive officer, Washington Mutual Insurance Superior vena cava syndrome, Seattle, 1986-1989;president, chief Executive officer, Washington Mutual Insurance Superior vena cava syndrome, Seattle, since 1986;president, chief Executive officer, W M Life Insurance Company and Empire Life Insurance Company, Seattle, since 1987. Board of Governors Forum 500, Washington, since 1990. Board directors Guaranty Reassurance Corporation.


With United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1947. Member American Council Life Insurance (board directors 1981-1984), National Organization Life and Health Guaranty Association (board directors 1982-1987, chairman 1983-1985), Washington Life and Disability Insurance Guaranty Association (board directors since 1973, chairman 1981-1991), Washington Athletic Club, Seattle Actuarial Society, Bellevue Executive Round Table.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: horseback trips, golf.


Married Nancy Fuchs, April 23, 1949. Children: Deborah Ann Santos, Robyn Lee Kelley.

Ernest Porter Wildermuth

Gladys (Lyons) Wildermuth

Nancy Fuchs

Deborah Ann Santos Porter

Robyn Lee Kelley Porter