Apple Federal Credit Union announced the passing of longtime Chairman Virgil B. Harris Jr., following an extensive battle with cancer. Harris, age 81, passed peacefully at home with his family by his side. He is survived by his wife, Diane Stewart Harris, and their two children, Michael and Rachael, and three grandchildren.
Harris dedicated over 55 years of his life to the Fairfax, Va.-based Apple FCU. During his tenure, the credit union grew from $2,601 in assets to $1.6 billion and over 142,000 members. Harris worked to create a definitive credit union brand and affirm it as the premier financial institution serving the educational community.
Having spent the better part of three decades serving the education community, Harris was a passionate advocate for education and charitable giving. While serving on the Apple board, Harris helped further support Apple’s community and education initiatives with the creation of the Apple FCU Education Foundation in 2006, where he served as chairman. This conduit for Apple’s charitable giving provides scholarships and grants for area youth, educators and organizations supporting the continuation of scholastic aptitude in Northern Virginia.
Harris’ career included more than 30 years with Fairfax County Public Schools. He taught industrial arts for six years at Annandale High School before serving 11 years as director of maintenance and plant operations and director of safety for 12 years before retiring in 1983.
“Virgil was a born leader who always shared words of encouragement and served as an inspiration for others,” said Larry Kelly, Apple FCU president/CEO. “His leadership brought the credit union to where it is today.”