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CU System Briefs (05/23/2013)
  • ONTARIO, Calif. (5/23/13)--Stephen Barden, former credit union president/CEO, California Credit Union League employee and Western CUNA Management School  (WCMS) Board of Trustee chair, has died, said the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues. Barden retired in 1998 after 16 years as the president/CEO of Beckman Employees CU--now Fullerton, Calif.-based Pacific Community CU. He was the 1980 recipient of the league's Leo H. Shapiro Lifetime Achievement Award.  Prior to that, he was manager of Los Angeles County Employees CU No. 11, now First City CU, which he joined in 1971.  He served as an education specialist at the league from 1961 to 1971. Barden also served two terms as league director, served on 10 league committees, chaired Western Corporate FCU's supervisory committee and helped create the Credit Union Deposit Network. He was involved with WCMS since its inception in 1962 and chaired its Board of Trustees from 1971 through 1997. Dr. James Likens, WCMS president, said a WCMS scholarship will likely be established in Barden's name.  Barden was the son of Lance Barden, who organized more than 400 credit unions, including the first credit union in Nevada, and the Hawaii Credit Union League. His daughter, Sue Longson, is vice president of business development and community relations in Irwin-based SCE FCU ...
  • HARAHAN, La. (5/23/13)--Beatrice "Bea"  Rosenblath, former president/CEO of Shreveport, La.-based St. John Berchman FCU (now Louisiana Catholic FCU) died Sunday after a battle with cancer. A life-long resident of Shreveport, she was 62.  Rosenblath began working in finance at the credit union in 1973 after obtaining her business administration degree. She was with the credit union for 35 years, during which the credit union grew to serve members locally and nationwide. She is survived by her husband, Fred J. Rosenblath; one son, Jordan F. Rosenblath; six sisters; and five brothers. A Mass will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, with a celebration of life service from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Temple in Shreveport (Louisiana Credit Union League eNews and Shreveport Times May 22) ...


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