The AHOU Hall of Fame is designed to recognize members who have consistently been visible leaders in the underwriting profession and have exemplified the Guiding Principles for the Underwriter throughout their careers. The Hall of Fame will honor and publicly record the achievements of our outstanding members, nominated by their peers.  Qualifications for Nominees for the AHOU Hall of Fame:

  • Full or Basic AHOU member
  • Documented contributions to the underwriting profession, including, but not limited to, 10 or more years work history (some of which must have been as an Underwriter in the individual classification of mortality and/or morbidity risk)
  • Participation in AHOU, ALU, OTR , local or regional underwriting association, etc. in a leadership or committee member position
  • Volunteer work for the profession, for example, as an author for publications/articles or as industry speaker
  • Any additional information on a Nominee's career or personal achievements that demonstrates leadership and commitment to the Guiding Principles for the Underwriter may also be considered.

2014 Inductees



Brian Baxter

Brian spent the majority of his working career at Great West Life, culminating in the position of Vice President Individual Underwriting & Claims.  After leaving Great-West, Brian spent 5 years as an independent consultant for Clinical Reference Laboratory.  He returned to underwriting in the role of Chief Underwriter at Wawanesa Life Insurance Company from 2005-2011, and in 2011 moved to Gamma-Dynacare Laboratories as Associate Director - Insurance Marketing.      

Brian has been active in underwriting associations in both Canada and the US and holds the distinction of being the only individual who has been President of the Institute of Home Office Underwriters, President of HOLUA and Chair of the CIU.   He’s served on the Executive Council of the AHOU, as Chair of the ALU Board, and on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Living Benefits Seminar.

In addition to presenting at every major meeting in Canada and the USA and participating on many underwriting committees, Brian’s industry achievements include co-authoring the original North American Guiding Principles for the Underwriter and the Original Constitution for the CIU, and serving on the committee that executed the merger of the IHOU and HOLUA into the AHOU.

Lynn Patterson, FALU

Lynn began his insurance career in 1973 with Allstate Insurance Company and joined Life Underwriting in 1980. Over the years he has worked for Kemper, United of Omaha, Zurich Life, Bank One Life, and Chase Life.  Currently he is a Chief Underwriter with ING US.  He attained his FALU in 1984 and has authored several chapters for ALU examination texts.

A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Economics, he served 2 years in the US Army, and is the father of 2 grown children.  He’s a life master bridge player, and enjoys fishing and golf.

Lynn is known throughout the underwriting community as an expert and an active industry speaker especially on fraud topics, presenting fraud education to underwriter groups, association meetings, and reinsurers.   In 2010 he completed a professional examination program to become a Certified Fraud Examiner.

He served on the MIB Board of Directors from 2002-2005 and in 2008 was the President of the AHOU.

Debbie Rankin, FALU

Debbie started her underwriting career at Crown Life and later joined Sun Life Reinsurance, a global retrocessionaire.   In 1992, Debbie moved to Sun Life Canada where she served as Chief Underwriter and subsequently handled Global Underwriting Projects in the corporate underwriting area at Sun Life Financial.

In 2009 Debbie became a self-employed consultant offering underwriting expertise in Individual Life, Disability, Critical Illness and Health insurance, Group Individual, LTD and Health insurance, Off-shore Foreign Markets, Training, Auditing and Expert Opinions.

During her career Debbie has served the industry in many volunteer positions:
  • Canadian editor of On the Risk
  • Secretary and Chair of the CIU
  • Program Chair for HOLUA
  • Executive Committee of the Western Home Office Underwriters Association
  • Canadian Reinsurance Conference –Secretary for 2 three-year terms
  • ALU Board member and Chair of the ALU Underwriting Forum Group
  • A founder of Chief Underwriter Discussion Group of Toronto
Debbie is an avid golfer and dragon-boater and is a member of 2 pipe and drum bands. She believes strongly in continuing education and has always encouraged underwriters to attain their professional designation and volunteer on industry committees.