Garth Griffin, a UCT Foundation trustee, long-serving member of the Joint Investment Committee, former UCT Council member – and, over 30 years ago, a part-time lecturer in actuarial science at UCT – has died.
Garth had a long and varied career in actuarial science. He served as managing director of Old Mutual, group CEO of Sage Life and Chair of Absa. He briefly chaired the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA) committee that developed the ASSA-JSE Indices, served on the Smith Committee on Retirement Provision, represented ASSA on the joint standing committee that supervised the establishment of actuarial courses at UCT and chaired the Actuarial Society Development Trust until recently.
Colleagues remember Garth for the very high standards he set for himself, coupled with the remarkable patience he showed others who did not necessarily meet his standards. Although he did not shy away from taking tough decisions and providing leadership, Garth was open to input from others. He took a keen interest in helping others fulfill their potential and really enjoyed mingling with younger actuaries.