A.J. Smaby

admin 1976, Agriculture

A.J. Smaby (1908 – 1972) Inducted:1976 A.J. Smaby was the youngest chief executive of a regional cooperative wholesale at the age of 32. He served 25 years as general manager of Midland Cooperatives. In the late 1930’s, he helped introduce a simplified formula to determine financial progress and welfare of a cooperative – a measuring rod that attracted nationwide attention. …

James Peter Warbasse

admin 1976, General

Dr. James Peter Warbasse (1866-1957) Inducted:1976 Dr. James Peter Warbasse, surgeon and philosopher of consumer cooperation, founded the National Cooperative Business Association in 1916 and served as its president until 1941. Under his guidance the NCBA flourished and broadened as the national voice of American cooperation. A prolific and widely quoted author and lecturer, he poured his energy, skill, and …

Jerry Voorhis

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(1901 – 1984) Inducted:1976 Jerry Voorhis served as executive director of the National Cooperative Business Association from 1947 to 1965, and for the next two years as its president. He was instrumental in forming the Group Health Association of America, the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, and the Organization of Cooperatives of America. He was also a leader in the …

Edwin G. Nourse

admin 1976, General

Edwin G. Nourse, Ph.D. (1883-1974) Inducted:1976 Dr. Edwin Nourse was first chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors to the President in the 1940s. A student of farmer cooperatives since his teaching days at Iowa State College, he became known as spokesman for the need for cooperatives to reflect the needs of informed members. At Brookings Institution he studied cooperatives …

William I. Myers

admin 1976, Agriculture

William I. Myers (1891-1976) Inducted:1976 William Myers, second governor of the Farm Credit Administration, is recognized as the chief architect of the Farm Credit System. He developed plans for using the Land Banks to save thousands of farmers from foreclosure, and for setting up production credit associations and Banks for Cooperatives. In addition, he helped the American Institute of Cooperation …

John D. Miller

admin 1976, Agriculture

John D. Miller (1850-1946) Inducted:1976 According to the late Senator Arthur Capper, John Miller ‘more than anyone else, is entitled to the credit for the drafting of the Capper -Volstead cooperative marketing law.’ He led the fight for the Capper-Volstead Act, the ‘Magna Charta of farmer cooperatives’ in his role as general counsel and first vice president of the Dairymen’s …

Murray D. Lincoln

admin 1976, Insurance

Murray D. Lincoln (1892-1966) Inducted:1976 As president of the National Cooperative Business Association from 1941 to 1965, and as a board member of the International Cooperative Alliance, Murray D. Lincoln was a dynamic spokesman for cooperatives in every sphere. He led in forming economic associations – the Ohio Farm Bureau Cooperative Association, an agricultural credit association, a rural electric association, …

Abraham E. Kazan

admin 1976, Housing

Abraham E. Kazan (1889-1971) Inducted:1976 Considered the ‘father of U.S. cooperative housing’, A.E. Kazan became the first person in New York City’s history to have a street named for him in his lifetime. He earned this distinction for his role in helping to change the face of sections of New York City through cooperative housing. More than 100,000 people live …

I. Harvey Hull

admin 1976, Agriculture

I. Harvey Hull (1884 – 1972) Inducted:1976 Harvey Hull built the Indiana Farm Bureau Cooperative Association from a bankrupt organization into one of the leading U.S. farm cooperatives. He later helped to create United Cooperatives, Inc., which together now constitute Universal Cooperatives. He was active in organizing and promoting the first rural credit unions, and was a pioneer in rural …

Edward A. Filene

admin 1976, Credit Unions

Edward A. Filene (1860-1937) Inducted:1976 This Boston merchant contributed time, energy, and huge sums of money to the growth of consumer cooperation and specifically to cooperatively-controlled consumer credit. He helped bring about state legislation to make credit unions possible, and saw a national association of them formed in 1934. His initiative and financial support brought the fledgling movement into being. …