C. William Swank

admin 2002, Agriculture

Inducted: 2002 Bill Swank devoted his entire career to strengthening the economic vitality of farmers through cooperative action. Through his 40 years of leadership in the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and 20 years of work with NCBA, he extolled the virtues of cooperation and encouraged others to embrace it. Regionally, he founded the Ohio Agricultural Marketing Association, and helped organize …

Ralph K. Morris

admin 2002, Law

Inducted: 2002 Ralph Morris was committed to protecting and enhancing the cooperative enterprise throughout his entire 34 years as an attorney. He provided legal counsel to many organizations, always displaying his passion for cooperation. He was a pioneer who went beyond the call of duty to ensure that cooperative solutions were utilized wherever possible. Ralph was always innovative when finding …

Francis L. Lair

admin 2002, Consumer Goods & Services

Inducted: 2002 For more than 40 years, Fran Lair dedicated himself to cooperation. He was instrumental in the creation of Universal Cooperatives and served as its first President and CEO. He continuously extolled the virtues of cooperatives, emphasized the importance of co-ops working together, and encouraged international cooperative trade to levels not previously reached. He served on the board of …