CU movement loses 3 leaders

December 23, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (12/23/15)--The credit union movement recently lost three longtime leaders who had an impact on local, national and international communities.

Bruce Rouillard, former Washington Credit Union League president, died Dec. 17. Rouillard, who climbed Mount Rainier with a group of credit union professionals, inspired the Northwest Credit Union Association’s (NWCUA) Summit Awards.

He was also deeply connected to Credit Unions for Kids and the Seattle Children’s Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital that treated his grandson (Anthem Dec. 22).

Ron Hance, former president/CEO of Heritage Family FCU, died Dec. 20. He was 71. Hance, who retired from the Rutland, Vt., credit union earlier this year, was known for his connection to the National Credit Union Foundation and its Credit Union Development Education program. He also served on the boards of the Association of Vermont Credit Unions (AVCU), CUNA (1993-1999), the foundation and the World Council of Credit Unions.

Under his direction and involvement with World Council, the credit union also created a partnership with the Federacion Nacional de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Credito del Peru in 2007.

“Ron had a very long history in the movement, with involvement well beyond his credit union at the state, national, and international levels,” said Joe Bergeron, AVCU president/CEO. “His legacy is significant and will be sorely missed by many.”

Bob Wilson, who began his credit union career with Menomonie (Wis.) Farmers CU in 1958, died Dec. 19. He was 84. The credit union eventually became WESTconsin CU, and Wilson retired as president/CEO in 1993 (Chippewa Herald Dec. 21).

According to his obituary, Wilson served as vice president for the State of Wisconsin Credit Union Review Board and a member of the CUNA state issues open committee.