1907 - 2003
James Bronson Gardiner,
was born on January 20, 1907 in Amsterdam, New York.
He was educated at
Governor Dummer Academy
in Massachusetts, and
Yale University. After
graduating from Yale, he began his career as an actuary
with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company until he
faced mandatory retirement in 1972. He then went to
work with the New York State Department of Insurance,
where he was involved in the management of pension funds
of New York City employees, remaining in this role for
thirty years, and retiring definitively at the age of 95.
Mr. Gardiner had two children; a daughter by his first
wife, and a son by his second. His daughter,
Cynthia, and son, James Bronson Gardiner, III of
Burlington, Vermont, survive him. Mr. Gardiner
married third Alice Haddock of Alexandria, Virginia when
both were 88. She preceded him in death. Mr.
Gardiner died on December 11, 2003.
* New York Society of Colonial Wars
* Saint Nicholas Society of the City of New York
* General Society Sons of the Revolution
* National Society Sons of the American Revolution (former
* Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry
* Order of the Founders and Patriots of America
* National Huguenot Society
* Dutch Settlers Society of Albany
Sovereign Military Order of the
Temple of Jerusalem
(Priory of Saint
Michael and Saint George, New York City)
Mr. Gardiner, at the time of his death, was the country's
oldest working life actuary. During his career he
became a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of America,
served as Manager of the Group Contract Bureau at MetLife,
and helped establish that firm's Immediate Participation
His interests included mathematics, mountain climbing,
early American and New York history, and genealogy.
His son writes, "I think he loved nothing so much as
poring through dusty archives in courthouses or church
basements, looking for birth, death and baptismal records
of some remote ancestor."