Richard Edwin Ford

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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...

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...

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...

The trustees and staff of the American Museum in Britain express our deepest sorrow at the death of our good friend and museum patron Richard Ford. Richard was a member of the Friends of the American Museum in Britain since 1984 and a trustee of the American Museum for more than ten years. His generosity, dedication, and friendship will be deeply missed. Alfred M. Vinton, Chairman, American Museum in Britain, Mark E. Haranzo, Deputy Chairman, American Museum in Britain, and Linda Hackett,...

RIP Richard. Thank you for all you did for the natural heritage of Indiana via ACRES Land Trust and The Indiana Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Your Wabash legacy is a true reflection of your giving spirit and integrity. I loved every minute I was honored to spend with you.

Lovely man who enjoyed music, the American museum in Bath and shared with us the wonderful wine and food of the Connaught. I was pleased to have been able to visit with my wife Geraldine who introduced me to Wabash and Culver last week which was filled with hers and her daughters many memories of Richard. Pleased meet Steve and see the various monuments Richard and Ginny left to Wasbash particularly Charlie's Creek Hotel with its exquisite Ginny art collection done with the great style and...

Richard was blessed because he understood his gifts and used them to the fullest. My meetings with him were few, but I always experienced the gift of hospitality. He had a presence that will not be forgotten.
Jack Tharp, Indiana University


Richard's Obituaries

Richard Edwin Ford, who devoted much of his life to volunteerism and philanthropic endeavors, died at 9:10 AM, Wednesday, in Naples, Florida, where he was visiting friends. The fourth-generation of a pioneer Wabash family, Mr. Ford was born on February 27, 1939, to Wilbur and Florence (Jeup)...

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