Pierce Ford
1966 - 2020
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Pierce Ford

Longtime Albuquerque resident and APS teacher, Pierce Tanqueray Ford passed away peacefully at home on May 10, 2020. Pierce was born on November 18, 1966 in Houston, Texas to Lucile and Douglas Ford. He moved to Roswell, New Mexico in his youth and graduated from Goddard High School in 1985. He attended both UNM and NMSU, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in English in 1991 and a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 1992, respectively. He began his career at his alma mater, Goddard High School, where he was a teacher, a driver's education instructor, and a state champion tennis coach. For the last 16 years of his career, Pierce taught at Sandia High School in Albuquerque as a regular education teacher, Advanced Placement, and International Bachelorette world history instructor. He retired from the New Mexico Public Schools in 2019. He had a true passion for the subjects he taught and was a gifted educator, which in turn led him to be awarded with the honor of being a Who's Who of American Educators. He was known by his colleagues as selfless in sharing his lesson plans, instructional materials, and his support as a friend and mentor.

Pierce had an infectious laugh, was an accomplished intellectual, a world traveler, and known for his witty puns and vast knowledge of the subjects he taught.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Kay Vasquez, and nephew, Pierce Ford. He is survived by his brother, Jeff Ford (wife Cookie), his sister, Pat Miles (husband Ronnie) and eight nieces and nephews that shared with him an endless amount of pride and joy.

At age forty, Pierce had been diagnosed with a serious form of cancer, and with a great team, fearlessly fought the disease with a ferocity that should be an example to all. Pierce's family is asking, in lieu of flowers, donations please be made payable, noting in memory of Pierce Ford, to the University of New Mexico's Comprehensive Cancer Center's General Support Fund, MSC07 4025, 1201 Camino de Salud NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001. www.unmfund.org

A memorial service for Pierce is tentatively set for Friday, June 26th, 3:00 p.m., at French Funeral Home, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM.

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Published in Albuquerque Journal on May 17, 2020.
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May 22, 2020
Mr. Ford was one of my favorite teachers. He was someone who shared my appreciation of puns, and could manage to sneak in humor and jokes wherever he could.
A. M. K. Carlberg
May 22, 2020
I first met Pierce In Roswell. We worked together at Allwoods. Our friendship continued throughout the years as we both moved to Albuquerque. He was so smart and funny. Loved our times together and I will always cherish our friendship. Rest easy, my friend!
Lisa Jamison Ward
May 19, 2020
Pierce and I worked together years ago at Allwoods in Roswell before we both made the move to Alb to attend UNM. We lost contact for several years but once youre a friend of his you always will be. Gone way to soon. Rest In Peace Pierce.
May 17, 2020
Pierce was a dear Roswell friend of mine for several years. I became closer friends with him after my older brothers passed away and who he was in school with, Mark & Michael Serafino. He was always a cool guy and we shared great conversations over the years. I will miss those times as well as seeing my friend again. He was smart, funny, quick with the wit and I'm sure a wonderful teacher. He will be missed and never forgotten. I hope he's hanging out with Mark & Mike and chilling. Sincerely, Jessica Serafino Cunningham
Jessica Cunningham
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