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Insurance company executive

John Herron Biggs, American insurance company executive. Director, past chairman National Bureau Economic Affairs; trustee Washington University, Emeriti Health Services, Danforth Foundation; past chairman United Way New York City, Jean Paul Getty Trust; Fellow: Society of Actuaries; member: American Academy Arts and Sciences, Council Foreign Relations, St. Louis Club, Harvard Club New York, Westchester Country Club.

Background

Biggs, John Herron was born on July 19, 1936 in St. Louis. Son of Peter Willis and Lillian (Herron) Biggs.

Education

AB magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy in Economic, Washington University, St. Louis, 1983.

Career

Vice president, contractor, General American Insurance Company, 1970-1977; vice chancellor for administration and finance, Washington University, St. Louis, 1977-1985; chairman, president, chief Executive officer, Centerre Trust Company, 1985-1989; president, chief operating officer, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association/College Retirement Equities Fund, 1989-1993; chairman, president, Chief Executive Officer, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association/College Retirement Equities Fund, since 1993. Board directors Boeing Company, Ralston Purina Company, American Council Life Insurance. Trustee Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association/College Retirement Equities Fund, since 1982.

Emeritus trustee, former president Missouri Botanical Garden. Member Finance Accounting Foundation, New York City Partnership.

Membership

Trustee Washington University. Chairman National Bureau Economics Affairs, Danforth Foundation, Church Pension Fund. Board directors, chairman United Way of New York City.

Fellow Society Actuaries. Member American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Academy Actuaries (board directors 1970-1973), Business Higher Education Forum, Westchester CountryClub, Sky Club, Harvard Club New York, Log Cabin Club, St. Louis Club.

Connections

Married Penelope Frances Parkman, June 13, 1959. 1 child, Henry.

father:
Peter Willis Biggs

mother:
Lillian (Herron) Biggs

spouse:
Penelope Frances Parkman

child:
Henry Biggs