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Insurance company executive

Thomas Beardsley Wheeler was American insurance company executive. Chartered Life Underwriter.


Wheeler, Thomas Beardsley was born on August 2, 1936 in Buffalo. Son of William Henry and Ruth (Matthews) Wheeler.


Bachelor, Yale University, 1958.


Sales representative, International Business Machines Corporation, White Plains, New York, 1961-1962;sales representative, assistant general agent, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Boston, 1962;general agent, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Boston, 1972-1983;executive vice president, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Springfield, 1983-1986;president, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Springfield, 1987-1988;president, chief Executive officer, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Springfield, 1988-1996;chairman, Chief Executive Officer, since 1996. Chairman, Board Of Directors Oppenheimer Acquisistion Corporation, DLB Acquisition Corporation, Massachusetts Business Roundtable, 1993-1996. Board directors Bank of Boston Corporation, Textron, Inc.

President Jobs for Massachusetts.


  • Chartered Life Underwriter.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author: Managing Sales Professionals, 1984.


Trustee Springfield College, 1985-1998, chairman, 1995-1998. Trustee American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, 1987-1990, Baystate Health Systems, Inc., Springfield, 1983-1992, Springfield Orchestra Association, 1985-1999, Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, 1991-1905. Massachusetts state chairman United States Olympic Committee, 1995-1996.

Trustee Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Board directors Estate Works, Genworth Finance Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1958-1960. Member Springfield Life Underwriters Association, American Society Chartered Life Underwriter (Pioneer Valley chapter, president Boston chapter 1980-1981), Boston Underwriters Association (president 1972-1973), Massachusetts Association Life Underwriters (president 1976-1977), Health Insurance Association American (board directors 1990-1993), Million Dollar Round Table, Yale Club of New York, Yale Club Southwest Florida (president 2004-2005), Colony Club (Springfield), Port Royal Club Florida, Chapoquoit Yacht Club (secretary 1973-1975), The Links (New York City), Naples Yacht Club, Woods Hole (Massachusetts) Golf Club, Hole Wall Golf Club (Maples, Florida).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: skiing, boating, art, antiques, music.


Married Anne Tuck Robertson, November 25, 1961. Children: Elizabeth Wheeler Soule, Wendy Wheeler MacDonald.

William Henry Wheeler

Ruth (Matthews) Wheeler

Anne Tuck Robertson

Elizabeth Wheeler Soule Wheeler

Wendy Wheeler MacDonald Wheeler