David Z. Webster ’57

David Z. Webster ’57 died August 7, 2014, at his home in New London, N.H., after a 25-year journey with prostate cancer. He was born in Rochester, N.Y., on December 11, 1935, and graduated from the Palmyra-Macedon (N.Y.) Central School. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He served to first lieutenant in the Army, then went on to earn an LLB/JD at George Washington University in 1964, and an MBA at Babson College in 1973, graduating summa cum laude. He was a member of the Massachusetts and Virginia bar associations. He worked for Boit, Dalton and Church insurance agency and the Cameron & Colby Companies, which later became Frank B. Hall and then Aon Corp. He was president of the Providence, R.I., office in the 1980s, then executive vice president of the Boston office until he retired in 1998. He consulted for Aon Affinity Insurance Services until 2004. He was an early leader in the 7,000-member Professional Liability Underwriting Society, as founder/chair of the Boston Chapter and a trustee of its Foundation. To honor his tireless support of Bowdoin and the Class of ’57, the Alumni Council awarded him the Annual Alumni Service Award in 1998, the highest honor given to a Bowdoin volunteer. He also chaired the New England Dollars for Scholars, the 150-chapter scholarship fund-raising arm of Scholarship America. He served in various volunteer capacities at The Pine Street Inn, was on the board of The Wang Center For The Performing Arts and was a director of the New London, N.H., Barn Playhouse. He was devoted to Christ Episcopal Church in Needham, Mass., and more recently St. Andrews Episcopal Church in New London, where he sang in the choir. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janie Huntley Webster; sons David Z. Webster Jr. and Charles Scott Webster; his identical twin, Peter Zach Webster; brother Philip J. Webster, and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by brother Donald B. Webster.


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