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Jack W. Plowman, Esq.
September 12, 1929 - November 20, 2013

Died on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Beloved husband for 61 years of Barbara (Brown) Plowman; devoted father of Linda E. Plowman, Esq. and Judith L. Plowman, M.D., brother of the late Thelma Murphy and Ralph W. Plowman II; also survived by his nephews and a niece, and dear family friend and daughter-in-spirit Ann Erny. Graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh Law School; was Editor of the Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Jack Plowman practiced law for over fifty six years, establishing the law firm of Plowman & Spiegel PC; he was most recently Of Counsel with Bentz Law Firm, PC in Mt. Lebanon. As an attorney his areas of concentration included Construction, Surety and Fidelity Law, and the representation of nonprofits. His lifelong love for and dedication to the law is evidenced in his service as President of the Allegheny County Bar Association; Adjunct Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Duquesne Law School; Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers; President of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Historical Society; Editor-in-Chief of the Pittsburgh Legal Journal. He was admitted to practice before all courts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Jack also had a lifelong dedication to the United Methodist Church, serving on the Board of Trustees of the Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, on the Board of the Methodist Publishing House, and as Chancellor of the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for many years. As busy as life was professionally, he was a carpenter of note, renovating, improving and redesigning all aspects of his family's loved English Tudor house, gardens and yard. A respectful collector of old books, a traveler at heart and in practice, he was an active intellectual, a dry wit and a warm shoulder to rest on at all times. His greatest joy was loving and honoring his “girls”, who wish him an indescribably rich journey of all journeys throughout eternity. Those wishing to honor his life may make a donation to the Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church, 3319 West Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216, where a memorial service will be held on Saturday DECEMBER 7 at 2PM.The family will receive guests at the church following the service. Arrangements by Laughlin Memorial Chapel, Mt. Lebanon.

John L. Spiegel, Esq.
Bethel Park, Formerly of Upper St. Clair

John L. Spiegel, Esq., of Bethel Park, formerly of Upper St. Clair, sadly passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. He was the beloved husband for 50 years to the late K. Arlene (Johnston) Spiegel; loving father of Ann (Tim) Donovan, of Upper St. Clair, Amy (Eric) Napier, of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Beth (Danny) Bernosky, of Mt. Morris; cherished Pap of Kelly Ann and Michael Donovan and Morgan, Andrew and Christopher Napier; dear brother of Edwin (Darlene) Spiegel and the late Robert (surviving spouse, Sandy) Spiegel and George Stanley Spiegel; brother-in-law of Mary Ann (Edward) Graf; also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. John was a distinguished graduate in the Air Force ROTC and served as an Air Force major in the Korean War as an intelligence officer. He was also active in the Air National Guard. After graduating from the School of Law in Pittsburgh where he was a member of Phi Kappa, he formed his own law firm, Plowman and Spiegel where he practiced law for 50-plus years. He served as general counsel to the National Utility Contractors and Pennsylvania Utility Contractors Associations. He was a member of both the Pennsylvania and West Virginia Bar Associations and member of the Pittsburgh Board of Arbitration. He was a Scott Township volunteer firefighter. John loved hunting and fishing, spending time with his family and friends, as well as time with his favorite clubs, The Duquesne Club, the Arnold Air Society, American Legion Post 992, Mt. Morris Sportsman's Club and Pine Lake Trout Club. Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at 2828 Washington Road, McMurray (724-941-3211). Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Thomas More Church. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Family suggests memorial contributions to the American Red Cross, 225 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222; and Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Please add tributes at beinhauer.com.

A Brief History of the NBCA


The National Bond Claims Association traces its lineage back to the early 1970’s. Bob Wavrek, then the bond claims manager for Westfield Insurance Company – Ohio Farmers Insurance Company, and Richard McGhee, the head of Westfield’s bond underwriting department, conceived the idea of an annual social gathering for a small group of company representatives.


In 1974, the original group decided to formalize their meeting which was officially named the Westfield Bond Claim Open and Seminar.  The initial seminar was held at Westfield’s campus in October 1974 and was limited strictly to company representatives.  The program was chaired by Paul McNamara, Esq. and featured presentations by John Petro, Bernie Balkin and Charlie Ackerman.


In 1975 the invitation list was expanded and more company representatives attended.  Each year thereafter, the event became larger as attorneys and consultants were also invited to attend.  Eventually, as the meeting grew in reputation and size, a core group of members, led by our departed but still beloved friend, John Mercogliano, decided to form a national organization, hence the name change to the National Bond Claims Association.  The affairs of the NBCA are directed by a Board of Directors that includes twelve of the most senior claims representatives of major bonding companies in the United States.  Our current membership includes approximately 350 individuals who work in the fidelity and surety bond industry.


Although the organization has enjoyed great success and growth over the years, the objective of fostering a fraternity of bonding industry colleagues remains our goal.  The Board members strongly believe that an organization dedicated to the goals of shared knowledge and the development of professional camaraderie benefits all who work in our industry.


The Board thanks John Petro for his detailed history of the origins of the Westfield/NBCA.


Helping Children and Families in Need*

The NBCA has developed a tradition of donations to various charities that benefit children and families in need.  The donations are funded from the Memorial Golf Tournament held on Wednesday of the program week and by donations from individual members.  Since starting this tradition $232,000 has been donated.  To see a list of recipients of these donations, please Click Here.

  *    The National Bond Claims Association is not a charitable organization therefore,
         donations/fees to it are not tax deductible as charitable donations.


Scholarship Information
In an effort to increase company membership and encourage younger individuals of the industry to become members of the NBCA, a scholarship program has been established.  The scholarship will cover the cost of accommodations and program meals during the annual seminar.  A travel allowance of $300.00 will also be included.  Any member of the NBCA can nominate an individual; however, the nominee must be an individual employed by a surety in some sort of claims capacity.  To submit a nomination, please Click Here.


Chairman's Award f/k/a Roswell Bottum Award

The Chairman's Award, f/k/a Roswell Bottum Award, is given to a member of the NBCA who has been generally recognized for his/her longstanding commitment and noteworthy contributions to our industry.  Please Click Here for a list of previous award recipients.