On November 8, 1954, a charter was signed by Stephen A. Barnett, William J. Carey, Michael P. Church, Harold M. Dorr, N. Marbury Efimenco, Pierce H. Farrar, Donald B. Gooch, Robert F. Haugh, Mrs. Julian B. Nott, Charles E. Stallard, Alfred B. Ueker, and Fred G. Walcott, organizing the University of Michigan Employee’s Credit Union. Michael P. Church was the key to this organizational effort. In the early 1950s, Michael served as Executive Secretary of the Michigan Education Association, Region III, and wanted to organize a credit union for teachers in five local counties. Teachers in Monroe and Jackson counties, however, wanted their own credit union, so Mr. Church helped organize a credit union for University of Michigan employees. The credit union began operations in a small office in the University’s Administration Building. Over the years UMCU has been located above a barber shop, in the University Personnel Department, in a two-teller office adjacent to a campus restaurant, in its own building on the north side of town, and in rented quarters in a strip mall. In 1982, University of Michigan alumni were added to the field of membership and “Employee’s” was dropped from our name.
We compiled some pictures and bios of some of our founders below. We hope to add more as we move forward with the campaign.
Michael P. Church
Michael P. Church was the Director of Cultural Activities for the Extension Service at the University of Michigan for 30 years. Church was one of Michigan’s best known figures in the creative and cultural arts, and often lectured in the College of Architecture and Design. He was dubbed “Michigan’s Evangelist of Art” by Reader’s Digest.
“Always look upon things as you were seeing them for the first time.”
Donald B. Gooch
Years with Michigan: 1936-1974
Donald B. Gooch was a professor in the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Michigan from 1936-1974. As an artist, he helped develop the advertising and design program at U-M. Gooch also conducted extensive research on the use of pictographic techniques for communicating with illiterate populations and created pictographic symbols known as “picture talk,” for a village in Nepal.
Harold M. Dorr
Years with Michigan: 1928-1967
Harold M. Dorr wore many hats during his time with the University of Michigan, including Professor of Political Science and U-M’s Dean of Statewide Education. As the Dean of Statewide Education, he helped establish U-M’s Flint and Dearborn campuses. Dorr also was an exceptionally active community member, involved in the Ann Arbor Information and Counseling Center for Veterans, the Washtenaw County Selective Service, and Rotary International.
Robert F. Haugh
Years with Michigan: 1947-1979
Robert F. Haugh was a Professor of English at the University of Michigan where his scholarly and teaching interests focused on the modern novel. As a fiction writer, Haugh was a principle figure in the Department’s Hopwood Program. He served as the Director of the Hopwood Awards Program from 1965-1972. Haugh was named Professor Emeritus of English for his years’ of dedication to The University of Michigan.
Fred G. Walcott
Years at Michigan: 1930-1965
Fred G. Walcott was a Professor of Education and English in the School of Education and College of Literature, Science and Arts at the University of Michigan. His idealistic approaches to education lead his career as a speaker and educator. Walcott developed and encouraged a personal, creative freedom learning style for high school and college students.
“While some educators are harping on the need for more discipline, the few who understand the nature of the creative spirit must labor to protect personal freedom. For without that, there can be no significant creative art.”
N. Marbury Efimenco
N. Marbury Efimenco was a Professor of Politics, Foreign Policy and Government at the University of Michigan. He served as a Foreign Service Office for the United States, traveling and studying the Middle East. Efimenco has published a plethora of journals about topics such as politics, international affairs, and cultural science.