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NAPSLO past president Gary Westphalen dies


Gary Westphalen, past president of the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices Ltd., died on Sunday, the Kansas City, Missouri-based organization said Thursday.

Mr. Westphalen, 71, died of cancer, NAPSLO executive director Brady Kelley said.

Mr. Westphalen, who was NAPSLO president in 1996-97, began his career in 1968 with the Empire Fire & Marine Insurance Co. in Omaha, Nebraska, NAPSLO said in a statement.

He left Empire to join Oklahoma City-based Oklahoma General Agency in 1975. He opened Oklahoma City-based surplus lines broker Westphalen, Bradley & James Inc. in 1987.  Mr. Westphalen became semi-retired in 2005, according to the statement. 

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