Stan Dreyer, a model cooperative leader and mentor to generations of fellow cooperators passed away this Saturday. All of us in the community who knew and learned from him are saddened by the loss.
Stan died peacefully at his home in Springfield, VA on the night of October 7. That morning, cooperators from the Washington area were gathered at Hains Point to run the 29th Annual Co-op 5K, an event that Stan loved and participated in for many years. Whether Saturday’s runners knew it or not, Stan Dreyer’s legacy impacted most of their careers.
In his lifetime, Stan participated in every aspect of cooperative life, first as a child of a co-op farm family in Colorado, and later as a leader and advocate of cooperatives everywhere. In the course of his career, Stan served as:
- president of the Cooperative League of the United States (NCBA),
- board member of the International Cooperative Alliance,
- international cooperative developer involved in the formation of IFFCO, a large fertilizer cooperative in India,
- domestic cooperative advocate involved in the formation of the Southern Federation of Cooperatives,
- a guiding force behind the formation of the National Cooperative Bank where he later served as an officer,
- founder of the Cooperative Hall of Fame to which he was inducted in 1997. Stan’s Hall of Fame Induction Video is a beautiful tribute to his achievements.
Stan was a mentor and inspiration to many of us in the cooperative movement. He and Sharron formed a strong bond over their many years of marriage and in later years Sharron made it possible for Stan to keep in touch with his cooperative colleagues.
We are grateful for Stan’s commitment to the cooperative principles, and to the people who build and grow co-ops. We will miss him especially at our annual Hall of Fame gathering, which he attended every year.
Sharron Dreyer requested that donations in his memory be made to CDF, for which we are grateful.