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The industry suffered an irreplaceable loss last month with the death of William E. Bailey. In my 28 years covering insurance, I don’t recall anyone with more energy, enthusiasm and good humor (often bitingly self-deprecating) when it came to promoting all the good insurers do–particularly after people are devastated by catastrophes.

Bill–the “master of disaster,” as I used to greet him–passed away at 68 after a bout with cancer. He will be missed by an industry that needs all the warriors it can get to defend its beleaguered reputation.

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