Solomon S. Huebner
(1882-1964), international pioneer in finance and insurance, lived in Merion
for fifty years.
While professor of insurance and commerce at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, a post he held for forty-nine years, he established an Insurance Department that gained world renown, attracting large numbers of international students.
An author and editor of many textbooks on the stock market, and on life, property, and marine insurance, he
envisioned a professional designation for the life insurance business similar to that of Certified Public Accountant.
dream was actualized in 1927 when the American College
, a fully accredited non-traditional educational institution awarding the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation and the Master of Science in Financial Services degree, was founded in Bryn Mawr, Delaware County.
Later the CPCU designation was added for the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter.
Dr. Huebner served the United States government as an expert adviser to committees concerned with risk and insurance in shipping during World War I. During World War II he served on the War Department Advisory Committee on Insurance and as a special adviser to the Aeronautics Board.
lectured on finance and insurance in many countries of Europe and Asia.
The emperor of Japan awarded him one of Japan's top honors for his
contribution to the welfare of the Japanese insurance industry.
The Main Line branch of Solomon
Schechter day schools, formerly in the Main Line Reform Temple
, Wynnewood, occupied buildings of the former convent and day school of the Sacred Heart
at City Line and Haverford Avenue in 1980.