TCF Financial chairman dies at age 73

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  • This Friday, May 1, 2009 photo shows Bill Cooper, CEO of TCF Financial Corp., at his company's corporate headquarters in Wayzata, Minn., overlooking Wayzata Bay. Cooper, credited with reviving and building the once failing savings and loan into Minnesota's third-largest banking company, has died at age 73. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

    This Friday, May 1, 2009 photo shows Bill Cooper, CEO of TCF Financial Corp., at his company's corporate headquarters in Wayzata, Minn., overlooking Wayzata Bay. Cooper, credited with reviving and building the once failing savings and loan into ... Minnesota's third-largest banking company, has died at age 73. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP) (The Associated Press)

  • This Friday, May 1, 2009 photo shows Bill Cooper, CEO of TCF Financial Corp., at his company's corporate headquarters in Wayzata, Minn. Cooper, credited with reviving and building the once failing savings and loan into Minnesota's third-largest banking company, has died at age 73. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP) (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

    This Friday, May 1, 2009 photo shows Bill Cooper, CEO of TCF Financial Corp., at his company's corporate headquarters in Wayzata, Minn. Cooper, credited with reviving and building the once failing savings and loan into Minnesota's third-largest ... banking company, has died at age 73. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP) (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP) (The Associated Press)

  • This Friday, May 1, 2009 photo shows Bill Cooper, CEO of TCF Financial Corp., at his company's corporate headquarters in Wayzata, Minn., overlooking Wayzata Bay. Cooper, credited with reviving and building the once failing savings and loan into Minnesota's third-largest banking company, has died at age 73. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP) (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

    This Friday, May 1, 2009 photo shows Bill Cooper, CEO of TCF Financial Corp., at his company's corporate headquarters in Wayzata, Minn., overlooking Wayzata Bay. Cooper, credited with reviving and building the once failing savings and loan into ... Minnesota's third-largest banking company, has died at age 73. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP) (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP) (The Associated Press)

TCF Financial Corp. says Bill Cooper, the chief executive credited with reviving and building the once-failing savings and loan into Minnesota's third-largest bank, has died. He was 73.

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Cooper, who died Tuesday, was TCF's chairman and CEO for nearly 30 years. Cooper led the former Twin City Federal Savings and Loan out of the savings and loan crisis in the 1980s. He took it public and rechartered it as a bank that grew to several hundred branches in seven states

He was also a dominant leader in Minnesota politics, serving as state Republican Party chairman in the late 1990s.

Craig Dahl, TCF vice chairman and chief executive officer, said Wednesday that Cooper pioneered "innovations in the banking industry and establishing a rich tradition of philanthropy and community involvement within TCF."