Luther H. Buchele
Luther H. Buchele came from a Kansas farm family that
had belonged to cooperatives for years. As a student at the University of Kansas
he lived in a cooperative house. This cooperative background played an important
role in his career. He helped found the North American Students of Cooperative
League (predecessor to the North American Students of Cooperation) in 1946 and
served for two years as its executive secretary. In 1951 he moved to Ann Arbor
where he served for 34 years as the executive secretary for the Inter-Cooperative
Council, the governing body of student cooperatives at the University of Michigan.
He expanded the 5-house, 170-member cooperative system on campus to a 23-house,
Buchele is hailed by many as the father of the
student cooperative movement because the cooperatives he built served as
models for those at other universities. He served as a coach and trainer for generations
of college cooperators, many of who have become leaders in todays cooperatives.