Mitchell M. Gwinn, Jr., one of the founding members of the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO), has died.

Gwinn, a 50-year veteran of the P&C insurance industry, died on March 7. He was 85 years old.

Gwinn was a naval veteran and saw action in the Battle of Okinawa during World War II.  

He was the founder of Southern General Insurance 1979 and served as its president for more than 20 years. Gwinn was also a former vice chairman of Insurance House, an affiliate.

Gwinn was regional vice president of NAPSLO before being named the association’s third president, serving from 1978 to 1979.

During Gwinn’s time as president of NAPSLO, the association held its first meeting not in conjunction with the National Association of Independent Insurers (NAII) and adopted the motto: “Uberrima Fides”—In Utmost Good Faith.

In 1979 NAPSLO established its own office in Georgia, Gwinn’s home state. He was born in Atlanta and during his career he served as president of the Georgia Fieldmen’s Association, Skipper of the Georgia Mariner’s Club and Emperor of the National Grappa Society.