Redstone Federal Credit Union, a $3.9-billion institution based in Huntsville, Ala., said that longtime board-member Dr. Delia W. Black passed away on May 23.

Black had served on the Redstone board of directors from 1980 until February of this year.

Redstone commented that Black was a "passionate advocate" for employee training and development at the credit union and "guided the organization's growth into one of the most desirable employers in the Tennessee Valley."

She was also "instrumental in establishing the credit union's core values of respect, integrity, soundness, and excellence." "It is your example, Delia, over the years that has positioned the credit union to serve its now over 373,000 members both humbly and prudently," Dr. Dorothy W. Huston, then chair of the board of directors, said at a ceremony honoring Black in September of last year. "Redstone's success, Delia, is in fact, your success."

In August 2014, Black was inducted into the Defense Credit Union Hall of Honor, the highest honor bestowed by the Defense Credit Union Council. Redstone explained that she received that award in part because she was a "tireless advocate" for military and defense industry personnel.

Dave Hargrove, the current chair of the Redstone board of the directors, said in a statement: "Dr. Black played an invaluable role in shaping the credit union into the successful and thriving institution it is today."

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