Former WesCorp president/CEO and interim California Credit Union League president Richard Myles Johnson died Aug. 31. He was 92.
“This is a very sad day for the credit union community—Dick will be missed by all,” said California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues President/CEO Diana Dykstra. “We are all saddened by this great loss not only to the industry but through our personal relationships with him throughout the years.”
Richard Myles Johnson
The California Filene Foundation was renamed to the Richard Myles Johnson (RMJ) Foundation in his honor in 1999.
“Mr. J’s leadership has been a guiding force for the RMJ Foundation, and for me both professionally and personally,” said Executive Director Tena Lozano. “He was an active, involved board member all the way to the end. His legacy, though, will live on in our work.”
Johnson first started working for credit unions while serving as a comptroller of the San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Maj. Gen. Kenneth L. Robinson, board chair of Marine Corps Recruit Depot FCU, San Diego, and asked Johnson to take lead the credit union.
In 1976, he moved to then-California Central FCU, which eventually became Western Corporate FCU (WesCorp). By the time he retired in 2002, he gained a national charter for WesCorp, ACH membership for credit unions, and served on the first corporate CEO seat on U.S. Central board.
He served as interim president of the California Credit Union League both in 1989 and 1990.
Johnson received a number of credit union honors including: