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Former Chief Regulator of Michigan Credit Unions Dies   (Misc News: August 1, 2011)

Michael Fitzgerald, the former head of OFIR’s Michigan Credit Union Division, died on July 22. He was 69.

Fitzgerald worked for the Michigan Financial Institutions Bureau for 28 years, retiring in 1997. Fitzgerald was appointed director of the division in March 1981 after serving as assistant director, EDP specialist and field examiner.

“Mike laid the foundation for an efficient Michigan regulatory program, and helped ensure its effectiveness into the future in part through the development of the nationwide review process of the state supervisory programs,” OFIR Commissioner Kevin Clinton said. “Since receiving initial accreditation, OFIR continues the commitment toward excellence Mike founded and has maintained the endorsement of NASCUS. He will be missed by the entire credit union community.”

Fitzgerald is the former chairman of the National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors. He served on the NASCUS Board of Directors from 1981 through 1988 and served as its chairman from 1986 to1987. Fitzgerald also served as the chairman of the State Liaison Committee to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council and was actively involved in NASCUS' Accreditation Program.

"Mike was a strong supporter of the dual chartering system and NASCUS for many years," said NASCUS President and CEO Mary Martha Fortney. "He will be truly missed by his family and friends as well as his peers in the credit union community. He made significant contributions to NASCUS and to the state regulatory community during this career and in the years after. He was respected and admired and will be missed."    

Fitzgerald was a strong proponent for the development of an independent accreditation program of credit union supervisory agencies and was instrumental in the original formulation of the program at NASCUS. Under his watch, Michigan’s credit union examination program was the first in the nation to submit to independent review and receive accreditation in 1989. 

Fitzgerald, who lived in Lansing, is survived by his wife of 49 years, Pat; children, Ron (Sue) Fitzgerald, Jodi (Mike) Simon, Dave (Cindy) Fitzgerald; grandchildren, Christine, Shayne, Eric, Shelby, Katie, and siblings Mickey Post, Dennis (Faye) Fitzgerald, Brian (Sandy) Fitzgerald.

He served in the U. S. Coast Guard and was a wonderful cook.

A memorial service is Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 11 a.m. at St. Gerard Catholic Church in Lansing. The family offered a special thanks to the staff at Sparrow Hospice House. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made to Sparrow Hospice Services.

Click here to view the full obituary on the Palmer, Bush and Jensen website.

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