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Dartmouth Honorary Degrees 2004:Richard M. Page

Posted 05/05/04

Retired insurance executive and financial services consultant
(Honorary Degree: Doctor of Laws)
Richard M. Page
Richard M. Page

Biographical Background: Richard M. Page graduated from Dartmouth in 1954 and after serving in the U.S. Army, he earned a law degree from Columbia University in 1959.

After briefly practicing law, Page became Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of the Travelers Insurance Companies. He left Travelers in 1970 to embark on a career in insurance broking and financial services. In 1983 he became Chairman and CEO of the Alexander Howden Group in London, then moved on to become Chairman and CEO of Fred S. James in the U.S., before serving as Vice Chairman and Director of Sedgwick Group, plc, in London, the position from which he retired in 1990. He later served as a director of Phoenix Securities International which was acquired by Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette

Page has been active in many civic and academic endeavors. He currently serves as a member of the board of trustees of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, which he chaired from 1995 to 2002, of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and of the Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic. He is also currently the Director at Megantic Fish and Game Corporation.

Formerly Page served as a trustee of Dartmouth and he chaired the highly successful "Will to Excel" capital campaign of the early 1990s. He has served as Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Cheshire Academy; Trustee of The College of Insurance, Trustee and Vice Chairman of The Matthew Thornton Health Plan; Director and Treasurer of The National Crime Prevention Council, Director of the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation; Director of the YMCA of Greater New York; and Director of the Boy Scouts of America of New York. Page has served on the Business Committee Board of Directors of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as a member of the New York City Partnership and as Governor of the International Insurance Society. He was also Founder and Chairman of the Association of Independent Secondary School Board Chairmen and a Trustee of the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History.

Page, a former president of his class, was awarded the Dartmouth Alumni Award in 1981 and was also a member of Dartmouth's Alumni Council. He served on the Board of Trustees ad hoc Committee on ROTC and is his class's 50th reunion Giving Committee Co-Chair.

Page lives in East Orleans, Massachusetts.

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