DuPont Community Credit Union is mourning the loss of its last surviving founder and longtime director Robert L. Tichenor who has died at the age of 93.
Tichenor was the first person appointed director emeritus in 2006 after 47 years of service to the Waynesboro, Va., credit union.
“The DuPont Community Credit Union family was very sad to hear of Bob Tichenor’s passing,” said Gerald B. Hershey, president/CEO of DCCU. “Bob was quite progressive and innovative for his time and a true leader for the credit union movement in Virginia and the United States, and he will be missed by us all.”
Tichenor joined the Benger Lab E.I. DuPont De Nemours Plant as a research chemist in 1950 and in 1959, he was instrumental in organizing the Waynesboro DuPont Employees Credit Union, which was later to become DuPont Community CU, and was elected the credit union’s first president.
Throughout his years of service, Tichenor served in various roles, including as a member of the supervisory committee for three years, the board of directors for 27 years and director emeritus for five years.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lily Olsen Tichenor, four children and three grandchildren.