DCCU remembers founder, Tichenor

Dr. Robert L. Tichenor, 93, the last surviving founder and long-time director of DuPont Community Credit Union passed away recently. Dr. Tichenor was the first person appointed director emeritus in 2006 after 47 years of distinguished service to the credit union.

“The DuPont Community Credit Union family was very sad to hear of Bob Tichenor’s passing,” said DCCU President and CEO Gerald B. Hershey. “Bob was quite progressive and innovative for his time and a true leader for the Credit Union movement in Virginia and the United States, and he will be missed by us all.”

Dr. Tichenor joined the Benger Lab E.I. DuPont De Nemours Plant in Waynesboro as a research chemist in 1950. In 1959, Dr. Tichenor was instrumental in organizing the Waynesboro DuPont Employees Credit Union, which was later to become DuPont Community Credit Union, and was elected the Credit Union’s first president.

Dr. Tichenor served in many important positions at DCCU including: Member of the Supervisory Committee for three years, 1960-1962; Member of the Board of Directors for 27 years, 1959, 1965-1970 and 1986-2006; and Director Emeritus for five years, 2006-2011.

Dr. Tichenor is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lily Olsen Tichenor, four children, John Tichenor of Richmond; Nancy Tichenor of Phoenix, Arizona; David Tichenor of Waynesboro, Anne Tichenor Bandy of Carmichael, California and three grandchildren.

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