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This Guest Book will remain online permanently courtesy of Dana J Ford Laboratory Staff, Margie Irbe.
February 2, 2015
Little did I know, that when I went to work for Dr. Ford in the early 70's, that it would put me on the leading edge of laboratory medicine and technology in general. He was so far ahead of his time that, I thought I had gone back 20 years in time, when I moved to NYC in 1976.

As I grow older, I know that working for Dr. Ford was truly a blessing and a gift to me. I was never afraid to "debate" an issue because I had grown up with 4 brothers, 4 sisters, a Mother who provided each with information (versus what to do) and a Father with great compassion for people and helping those in need.

My passion has always been growing plants, so I have uploaded a photo of a native Maypop (passion flower) from my little garden in Jonesboro, AR. I plan to move back to the little community of Rock Springs (near Monticello, AR) to "make medicine gardens" (Cherokee ancestors). My vision is 3 levels, where each generation can learn and benefit.

Dr. Ford will always have a special place in my heart. To the earthly family he left behind: cherish your memories to celebrate his work here on earth and comfort you.

Blessings to all,
Margie Chambers Irbe
December 30, 2013
Dr. Ford and Mickie ministered to our medical student group in the late 70's. They were generous with their time, home, wisdom and lives. Dr. Ford continually encourage, challenged and provoked us all in our medical lives, our personal lives and our faith in Jesus. We will forever cherish our times with him! We now lead a medical student ministry hoping to give to the next generation of physicians what Dr. Ford gave to us. Thank you, you loved us well!,
December 19, 2013
Dear Mickie and family members,
For many of us of a certain age in the early 80s, "Dr Ford" was indeed legend in giving an incisive form of godly guidance. For me personally, he even inspired a bit of "fictional" writing in which a young woman receives some timely relational advice. Ralph demurred to recognize himself in the story, but I think he was pleased. I look forward to renewed fellowship with him in a Christ-filled eternity, and maybe then to discover if he was "the mystery doctor" who tended to my earthly father who had likely suffered a mild cardiac event during a visit to Col. BT's church. My sister and I like to think it was him. Warmly, Alison Fairfield (nee Cook)
December 16, 2013
I was honored to be invited one early morning (6 am) to his home for breakfast along with some other pastoral staff from Bethel Church. I got to experience first-hand his "socratic" questioning and thought to myself, "Wow. This guy is something else."

While I always somewhat nervous around him, I realized real quick this man deserved respect (and got it). He was the real mccoy - a man who enjoyed learning and helping others see and enjoy the revelation of God - both common and special.

Thank you, Dr. Ford, for having a profound impact for Christ while on this earth. No doubt, you are with Jesus right now at his feet asking him deep and philosophical questions about all things.
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