It is with deep sorrow that the Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA) reports the passing of SIIA past chairman Richard C. (Dick) Goff. Dick, 69, died on February 28 after an accident at home led to medical complications and ultimately cardiac arrest.
“Dick was a hugely influential figure in our industry and our association,” said Mike Ferguson, SIIA’s chief executive officer. “He was a constant and vigorous supporter of the self-insurance marketplace, and a friend to all who knew him. Our thoughts today are with his family, colleagues and many friends.”
“Dick constantly made major contributions to the growth and success of SIIA over the past decade, serving on virtually all committees over his long service to the association and as its president and chairman in 2008-2009 and current director of the Self-Insurance Educational Foundation (SIEF) until his death,” Ferguson said.
Erica Massey, EVP of SIIA and president of Self-Insurers’ Publishing Corp. said “Dick was not only an inspiration and a tireless supporter of the self-insurance/alternative risk community, he was also a dear friend to all and a great mentor. His vibrant personality and unwavering support of the industry will truly be missed but never forgotten. He always presented a can do attitude no matter how trying the circumstance.”
Dick was managing director of The Taft Companies, a captive insurance company management firm in Towson, Maryland. He was instrumental in broadening SIIA’s focus on the alternative risk transfer (ART) industry and wrote the ART Gallery column in the Self-Insurer Magazine for more than 10 years.
Mary Claire Goff, wife, best friend, business partner and senior vice president of the Taft Companies, said “Dick so loved our industry and was blessed with the ability to share, mentor and support our industry with all his heart. He will be missed for sure.”
In addition to his SIIA involvement, he was a founding director of captive industry associations in Washington, D.C., Montana and South Carolina, and was on the current board of the associations in Montana and Delaware. Allen Taft, chairman of The Taft Companies, said that the firm’s services will continue without interruption.
In celebration of Dick’s life, his family invites memorial gifts to Gallant Chance Ranch, a non profit organization for at-risk youth, may be mailed to Gallant Chance Ranch, 1097 W. Dry Creek Road, Belgrade, MT 59714.