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Tommy T. Martin Chair of Insurance

2016 Inductee John Dewald

A Texas A&M University graduate, John Dewald served a stint in the U.S. Air Force before becoming an early pioneer in the insurance brokerage industry firm. He started his career with Aetna Life Insurance Co. in 1962, forming his own firm, Dewald & Associates, in 1964.

Along with wife Sue, who worked in the business with him, Dewald later changed the name to Agency Services Inc. (ASI) in 1977. Throughout his career, Dewald was active in professional organizations such as the National Association of Life Underwriters and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers. In 1982, Dewald’s son, Jack, joined his father in the business, and in 1994, Dewald retired at age 60, selling the firm to his son.

Dewald has been very involved civically, holding leadership positions on a variety of community service organizations, including the Memphis Salvation Army Advisory Board. In late 2013, Dewald was honored by the Memphis Salvation Army as the only “Emeritus” Board Member ever recognized.

Mr. Tommy Martin
Dr. Dave Wood,
Martin Chair of Insurance
Rebecca Darden,
Program Coordinator