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2004 marked the loss of many remarkable credit union leaders. Credit Union Times honors those who died in this listing. We regret any leaders who passed that we may have missed. * Gary Isner, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Arizona Credit Union League died at the age of 60 after a six-month battle with cancer. Isner served with the ACUL for 19 years driven by a mission to promote the continued growth and financial stability of credit unions in Arizona. He was also a member of the American Association of Credit Union Leagues, a graduate of the League Management Institute and was serving as vice chairman of ACUL Services, Inc. * Popular credit union veteran Bob Greene, who had worked for CUNA at one time in addition to a number of leagues and credit unions, died of a heart attack at the age of 71. Greene moved around the country during his career working for credit unions and got his start at the Virginia Credit Union League in 1960. He later became the managing director of Fort Belvoir FCU in Virginia, then moved on a few years later to become CUNA’s education director. Once he left CUNA he served as the managing director of the North Carolina Credit Union League and eventually settled down as president of Bellwood FCU in Richmond Virginia until he retired in 1983. Even during his retirement Greene found a way to continue serving credit unions, first as an auditor for the Georgia Credit Union League and then as a general auditor and consultant. * Bob Hood, the well-known and respected former president/CEO of the Missouri Credit Union Association died at the age of 77 from emphysema and lung cancer. Hood started as a field rep at what was then called the Missouri Credit Union League in 1954 and he became manager in 1960 (title later changed to president). During his tenure as president, Hood served on several credit union association boards such as the Association of Credit Union League Executives, CUNA and the CUNA Mutual Insurance Society. On his retirement in 1990, when asked how he would liked to be remembered, Hood said, “I’d like to be remembered as a builder, as one who took a scene that was good and improved upon it. I’d like to be remembered as a person who wishes his successor the same opportunities.” * Founding father of the Defense Credit Union Council, former President of the National Credit Union Management Association and credit union industry veteran Jerry Anchors died at the age of 73. He was killed in an auto accident. Anchors began his professional career at the Alabama Credit Union League and rose through the ranks to manage credit unions in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. He became president of NCUMA in 1988 and served as a member of CUNA’s “Founder’s Club” in recognition of having organized some 40 new CUs in the southeast. In August 2000 Anchors was inducted as one of the first five members of the DCUC Hall of Fame and he received a commendation from the Pentagon for his services in the reorganization of credit union services to military personnel. In addition to helping get DCUC off the ground, Anchors also played a key role in establishing credit unions overseas on the Pacific and European side. * Bob Pacheco, longtime credit union leader and the first president/general manager of Hughes Aircraft Employees Federal Credit Union -now Kinecta FCU died. Dubbed an “organizational pioneer” Pacheco also helped found NAFCU and served on its first board of directors. Pacheco first encountered the credit union in 1958 when he was an examiner for the Federal Bureau of Credit Unions. In his 30 years with Kinecta FCU, Pacheco established the first executive committee and helped the organization grow from $6 million to $880 million. * Kim Bannan, a nine year veteran with the California Credit Union League, including serving since 1999 as vice president, CU Development and R&I, died at the age of 48 from complications resulting from a heart attack. Bannan guided the league’s diversity programs, developed programs to assist small credit unions, oversaw CCUL’s efforts to promote professional development and consumer financial literacy, and helped pioneer the league’s historic relationships with the credit union movements in Mexico and Latin America. * Past Indiana Credit Union Foundation Chair and Indiana Credit Union League Chair Judith M. James died at the age of 62 from complications from surgery. Among her many accomplishments, James was the first chair of the Foundation, which was established in 2002. She also served as Indiana CUL chair from 1987 to 1989 and had been a board member from 1980 to 1999.James was also an active member of the CUNA boardroom 1995 to 1997. According to Indiana CUL President John McKenzie, James “personified the best in credit union ideals.” For her longtime dedication to furthering the credit union movement James was inducted into the Indiana CU Hall of Fame in 1990. * Harvey Baine, III, who worked at NCUA for 34 years and was affectionately known by many of his colleagues as “the dean of the NCUA regional directors” died at the age of 70. Baine joined the Bureau of Federal Credit Unions -as NCUA was previously called – in 1956 eventually becoming the agency’s first comptroller. In the following years Baine moved up from serving as first assistant regional director and Regional IV Director to NCUA Region II director. A firm believer in field of membership expansion, Baine felt adding select employee groups was the only opportunity credit unions had to bring small groups into CUs. After leaving NCUA, Baine went to work at NAPUS FCU as president/CEO until he retired in 2001. * Longtime Pacific Marine Credit Union President/CEO Lou DeCarlo died at the age of 74. DeCarlo led the credit union for over 29 years and was also serving on the Defense Credit Union Council Board. DeCarlo’s first introduction to the credit union movement came when he served for 12 years as a member of the WesCorp supervisory committee. Later he became a delegate of the California Credit Union League and served on the board of the Financial Service Centers Cooperative, CU Cooperative Systems Inc. and CU Mortgage Corp. * Wauna Federal Credit Union CEO Dave Baggett died at his home in Kelso, Washington. Well known throughout the movement for his marketing savvy, Baggett’s credit union career began at St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch Employees CU. As the only person to have been named CUES Marketer of the Year and CUES Operations Professional of the Year, Baggett moved on to University of Wisconsin CU and Eugene, Orgeon-based SELCO CU before becoming Wauna FCU CEO in October, 2002.

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