Albion Interactive History / People / Theodore Van Dellen

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Theodore Van Dellen, 1911

The 1960s saw the emergence of a strong central figure who was selected as the sixthpresident of Homestead Savings and Loan Association – local attorney Theodore Van Dellen. Born September 29, 1911, in Grand Rapids, Van Dellen had came to Albion in 1938. He conducted his law practice if offices above Homestead at 401 1/2 S. Superior St. and became a member of Homestead’s board of directors in 1944. It was Van Dellen who directed Association policy during the 1960s and 1970s. Van Dellen also served among other things as city attorney, assistant prosecuting attorney, municipal judge, school board member, Starr Commonwealth director, and held other responsible community positions.

As president of Homestead, Van Dellen spent an increasing amount of time on association-related work during the 1970s, which eventually amounted to about thirty percent of his work week. Much of his work was consumed with government regulations and controls, as well as the dire economic realities in the home-lending industry.

Source: Frank Passic. Homestead Savings and Loan and the Builders of Albion: One Hundred Years of Service, 1889-1989. Albion, MI: Homestead Savings and Loan Association. 1988.

Source: Keith Fennimore. Faith Made Visible: The History of Floyd Starr and His School. Albion, Michigan: Starr Commonwealth. 1988.p255.

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