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Insurance executive

Richard Ingram Purnell, American insurance executive. Decorated Silver Star, Purple Heart, Air medal with 2 oak leaf clusters.


Purnell, Richard Ingram was born on July 25, 1918 in Baltimore. Son of Lyttleton Bowen and Mary D. (Ingram) Purnell.


AB with honors, Princeton University, 1940.


With Johnson & Higgins, since 1946. President Johnson & Higgins Pennsylvania Inc., 1962-1970. Director Johnson & Higgins, New York City, since 1963, president, since 1970, chairman, 1974-1981.

Director First Boston Corporation.


Member Philadelphia Hospital Survey Committee, 1968-1970. Trustee United Fund Greater Philadelphia, 1966-1970, Kent School, 1971-1977, 83—, Protestant Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia, 1976-1985, Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, since 1977, American Institute Property and Liability Underwriters/Institute American, 1977-1981, New York Zoological Society, since 1978. Trustee College of Insurance, 1975-1984, chairman, 1981-1984.

Board managers Children's Hospital, Philadelphia, 1966-1970. Board directors Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, 1966-1972, Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association, 1971-1979, United Fund of Greater New York, 1979-1982, American Ditchley Foundation, 1973-1981. President Anglo-American Insurance Scholarship Foundation.

Vice-chairman council university resources Princeton University Served with United States Army Air Force, 1941-1946. Member Religion in American Life (business advisory council 1979-1981), Business Committee for Arts, Pilgrims of the United States. Clubs: Augusta (Georgia) National Golf.

Links (New York City), River (New York City). Piping Rock (Locust Valley).


Married Marguerite Wright Hillman, July 9, 1958. Children: Marguerite, Peter.

Lyttleton Bowen Purnell

Mary D. (Ingram) Purnell

Marguerite Wright Hillman

Marguerite Purnell

Peter Purnell