In paying tribute to those leaders and pioneers who are gone, please note this listing is not exhaustive. We respectfully regret any oversights.
Cliff Northup, who headed the NCUA’s lobbying and public relations during the first term of President George W. Bush, died at the age of 61 after a long battle with cancer.
Cyril B. Mann, who served at Listerhill Credit Union in Sheffield, Ala., for 57 years and was recognized by the World Council of Credit Unions as the longest-serving board chairman, passed away at the age of 95.
Leroy Nesbit Jr., longtime board director of Dort Federal CU in Flint, Mich., and credit union advocate, died at the age of 63.
Robert Byroad, former president of Tower Federal Credit Union in Laurel, Md., died at the age of 81.
Chartway Federal Credit Union in Virginia Beach, Va., mourned the death of its longtime volunteer Edward Foshay, who was board emeritus and served for some 48 years.
American Heritage Federal Credit Union of Philadelphia mourned founding board member and vice chairman Donald Kilcullen, who died at the age of 91.
DuPont Community CU in Waynesboro, Va., mourned the loss of its last surviving founder and longtime director Robert L. Tichenor who died at the age of 93.
Ronald Lasich, former chairman of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association and president/CEO of Visionary FCU, died at the age of 66.
Norristown Bell Credit Union, Blue Bell, Pa., mourned the loss of board director Nicholas Molinaro, who died at the age of 74.
President of the St. James-based Montego Co-operative Credit Union in Jamaica and founder of the Good News Church of God, Bishop Herman Johnson died at the age of 69.
Harmon Killebrew, the Minnesota Twins slugger who leant his celebrity and personal charities to a credit union industry cause—the Texas relief effort aiding victims of Hurricane Ike, died at the age of 74.