J. Gary Dillon was named vice president emeritus by the Akron Railroad Club at its Feb. 27 meeting.
Since joining the ARRC on June 26, 1947, Dillon has held all officer positions except for Bulletin editor.
He was elected treasurer in November 1948 and has since served as president in 1958, 1959, 1967, 1968 and 1969. Dillon was elected vice president in 1975, a post he had held since then.
Dillon was named a lifetime ARRC member in July 2010. The Akron native is the last ARRC member left who joined the club in its early years.
The ARRC traces its history to the 1936 formation of a committee to sponsor railway excursions. That committee a year later became the Eastern Ohio Chapter of the National Railway Society.
The Eastern Ohio chapter surrendered its charter in December 1945.
Some members elected to form a new group known as the Northeastern Ohio Railfans, which organized on Feb. 9, 1946.
That group reorganized again a year later as the Akron Railroad Club, which came into existence on March 27, 1947.
The club is currently seeking a volunteer to agree to serve as its vice president.