Michael Epstein

Obituary of Michael Epstein

Michael Epstein died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago after a three-week battle with a rare, aggressive form of cancer. He is survived by his wife Carol Obertubbesing, his sister Kate Baker, his mother Doris Epstein, and his brother-in-law Mark Thomsen. His father, Herbert Epstein, died in 2003. Michael was born in Elmira, New York on April 26, 1949. He attended Hendy Avenue School and graduated from Elmira Free Academy in 1967. He graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Philosophy in 1971. He followed his father's footsteps and took a job in the insurance business. After a short time at Unigard, he joined Johnson & Higgins in Boston in 1974; at J&H he became a risk manager, actuary, and eventually a managing director; he moved to the Chicago office of J&H in 1989. After J&H merged with Marsh in 1997, Mike stayed with the company. From 2000-2002 he worked at Arthur Andersen; he then returned to Marsh as Senior Client Advisor for two years. In 2005 he joined Willis where he was Senior Vice President for Willis Enterprise & Risk Finance Practice. For many years Michael served on the board of Sherwood Conservatory of Music; he also supported the Woodstock Folk Festival and many other non-profit organizations. Michael was a devoted husband, son, and brother. He and Carol were married in Prospect Garden on the campus of Princeton University in 1975. They returned to campus often and were also active in the Princeton Club of Chicago. Mike loved to travel, including visits to 48 states, and many countries including Australia, Japan, Tahiti, Bermuda, France, Italy, England, Switzerland, Greece, and Morocco. He enjoyed reading, music, and quiet times at home in Woodstock and Chicago with his wife and dogs. He also loved to swim, boat, and waterski on Keuka Lake where his family has a cottage. Mike's intelligence, kindness, commitment to doing the right thing, respect for others, sense of humor, and desire to help people will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Celebrations of Michael Epstein's Life are being held in Princeton, NJ; Chicago, IL; and Boston, MA.
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