Paul Bradley

tbuen 2018, Housing 0 Comments

Paul Bradley Founder and President, ROC USA As a teen, Paul Bradley overheard an agent say, “Oh, Penacook, you don’t want to buy there.”  Hearing those words about his hometown in New Hampshire would later set Bradley on his career path – empowering owners of “mobile” homes to achieve financial security by purchasing the land under their homes as cooperatives.  …

Charles and Eva Rappaport

admin 2005, Housing

Inductee 2005 For decades Charles and Eva Rappaport were tireless volunteers and influential leaders of the nation’s housing cooperative community. Working as a team, they led the Federation of New York Housing Cooperatives for more than 30 years, Charlie as president and Eva as executive director. Both were respected and effective advocates for housing cooperatives. As the Federation’s leaders, they …

David Smith

admin 1995, Housing

Inducted:1995 David Smith has been an important part of the cooperative movement for more than three decades. Remarkably, all of his efforts have been on a volunteer basis. He served as president of Penn South Co-op for more than 20 years, where he pioneered a program in energy conservation that resulted in significant savings for the co-op and its members. …

Fred & Virginia Thornthwaite

admin 1994, Housing

Inducted:1994 Fred and Virginia Thornthwaite came of age during the Great Depression and World War II. From these experiences they concluded that existing economic systems had failed. Further study convinced them that a cooperative commonwealth could better meet basic human needs. Suiting action to philosophy, in 1942 Fred helped organize a dairy cooperative in the Downriver area of Detroit. After …

Harold Ostroff

admin 1990, Housing

Harold Ostroff Inducted:1990 There has been no more articulate voice on behalf of the American consumer than that of Harold Ostroff, who brought the labor movement and cooperative movement together to achieve major accomplishments in cooperative housing, insurance and food stores. As president of the United Housing Foundation in New York City, he was instrumental in developing affordable housing for …

Roger Willcox

admin 1986, Housing

Inducted:1986 Roger Willcox led the first large-scale nationwide program of consumer sponsored cooperative housing development. He served as chief executive officer of FCH Services, Inc. from 1952 to 1971. During this time, this not-for-profit subsidiary of the Cooperative Housing Foundation developed more than 55,000 dwelling units in 30 states. Willcox was a founder and for more than 12 years the …

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 …