There was sad news earlier this week with the announcement that Susan Cogswell, the state’s first female insurance commissioner in Connecticut, died on July 20 at the age of 57 after being hospitalized for an unidentified illness.
Cogswell was commissioner from 2000 through 2006. Prior to her appointment by former Gov. John Rowland, Cogswell served in various capacities at the Department including the department’s chief of staff and its spokesperson.
At the time of her death, Cogswell served on the board of the Torrington, Conn. Board of Education.
Cogswell’s death follows the recent passing of another former Massachusetts insurance commissioner, Linda Ruthardt. Ruthardt died on February 23 while suffering from the flu, according to an obituary in The Boston Globe. She served nearly nine years as insurance commissioner, retiring in 2002.