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Top Story:  OCC Alumni Celebrate 150th Anniversary Event in Chicago

10/28/2013

By Tom Munz 
Retired, Central District

Some people have claimed that the Central District was the birthplace of the OCC. After all, we know that President Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky, spent a number of years in Indiana, and then established his legal and political career in Illinois. But not quite as well known is the fact that the first Comptroller of the Currency, Hugh McCullough, hailed from Indiana, and prior to becoming Secretary of the Treasury, Salmon Chase served as Governor of, and a U.S. Senator from, Ohio.

NBE John Meade speaks with former OCC employees Len Wiatr, Billy Wood, and Randy Study at the anniversary event in Chicago.

Former OCC employees John Meade, Len Wiatr, Billy Wood, and Randy Study converse during the anniversary event in Chicago.

So it was fitting that the OCC Alumni Association chose Chicago for its second event celebrating the agency’s 150th anniversary. On September 24, 75 current and former OCC employees gathered for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.  A short program followed that included Senior Deputy Comptroller Jennifer Kelly and former SDC and Central District Deputy Comptroller Bob Herrmann sharing comments about the OCC history with the attendees. But by far, the highlight of the evening was the opportunity for the attendees to reconnect, reminisce, and celebrate the OCC’s history. And a few of the grizzled veterans were even heard to provide advice about the industry’s future.

Four of the attendees began their careers with the OCC more than 50 years ago. Larry Gerzema, Regional Administrator of the 4th Region and District Administrator of the Central District, began his career in 1957; Bob Herrmann, Senior Deputy Comptroller and Deputy Comptroller in the Central District, and Billy C. Wood, Regional Administrator in the 7th Region, began their careers in 1962; and National Bank Examiner Larry Glasscock, who worked in several Illinois offices as well as large banks, began in 1963.

Editor’s note: Before retiring, Tom Munz was an Assistant Deputy Comptroller in Chicago.

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