Richard was a generous supporter of the restoration of President Lincoln's Cottage in Washington, DC, and remained a loyal annual donor for years. In doing so, he helped thousands of visitors appreciate American history and explore Lincoln's thoughts on freedom and equality. We are grateful to have had Richard's support and encouragement, and are deeply saddened to learn of his passing. Reading this guestbook, it is clear that Richard had a profound impact not just here, but in Wabash and around the world. Our thoughts are with his family.
-The Staff at President Lincoln's Cottage
Here it is the middle of July 2014 and I have just learned of Dick Ford's death
through the Acacia Fraternity Indiana website the creators and maintainers of which I thank sincerely because I would not have known of it otherwise.
Dick came to my wedding and I visited
his lake cottage and rode in his boat.
At Indiana university I remember having
a lot of meals with him at Acacia Fraternity and how he loved baked potatoes and sour cream!
Also, he liked Broadway Musicals
as a university student, especially "Gypsy" and we would act out the "Curtain Up, Light the Lights" part with me dancing in the fraternity living room and him on the light switch on the wall for the chandelier.
Most of my memories of Dick are of that fraternity experience and he made
it very enjoyable for us all. A kind
fellow, a very intelligent one and a cultured one.
He went on to much bigger accomplishments and experiences. His loss is deeply felt by me. I am in deep grief.
Having just learned of Mr. Ford's passing, I could not be more sad. I have known Mr. Ford from my days at The Columbia Club in Indianapolis and was so surprised to see him here in Washington DC at The University Club, where I worked. Always the gentleman, Mr. Ford made me feel more of a friend than a staff member of his club. Such a wonderful philanthropist, human being and all around down to earth guy, I will miss you. My sincere condolences to his family and friends. God Bless
Richard was a friend, a lover of music and supporter of the arts in so many ways. He hosted me and my husband in recitals in Indiana and we tried to get together when he was in Washington. I have just heard of his death and am speechless, and very sad. Yes, my friend, rest in peace!
When Richard joined me on the Board of the American Museum in Britain he invited me to lunch in New York in order to get to know me better and learn more about our institution. When I walked into Cipriani at the Sherry-Netherland Richard was sitting at their finest table. Throughout lunch a steady stream of Richard's friends and admirers stopped by our table to say hello or pay their respects. I was in awe that a man from Wabash knew so many people who clearly respected and admired him. We were sitting next to Isiah Thomas who was then running the New York Knicks and Isiah was clearly wondering who was this famous person who he did not know. Thereafter, I was fortunate to get to know Richard for the truly remarkable man that he was. I was privileged to know him and I shall miss him.