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Dollars and centenarians

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Farmers & Merchants (F&M), a 110-year-old bank, welcomed one of its long-time clients into the centennial club. Richard D. Cords, born January 15, 1918, celebrated his 100th birthday among friends and family at the bank’s Bixby Knolls office on Tuesday. Cords, a client with F&M for over 30 years. He was celebrated with a cake, a special letter of thanks from F&M executives and a birthday song from the crowd. F&M Bank Chairman of the Board and CEO Daniel K. Walker said, “It is truly a special honor for all of us here at F&M to have the privilege of serving a client like Mr. Cords.” The centenarian was born in Brooklyn, New York, attended high school at Brooklyn Poly Prep and continued his higher education at Dartmouth College, where he was captain of the varsity swim team. He served in the United States Navy as a lieutenant and assistant operation officer in World War II. He retired from his career as an attorney at the age of 69. He and his wife Virginia have been married for 74 years, and they have three children, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Cords’ community involvement includes membership in the 32 Degree Masons and member emeritus at Virginia Country Club. He still has a love for the game of golf and enjoys lunches and socializing with friends at the country club. When asked to what he attributes his longevity, he answered “just vegetables and fruit.”

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Dollars and centenarians