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Clarence Quentin Ford

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Clarence Quentin Ford Obituary
Ford, Clarence Quentin

Dr. C Quentin Ford PE, age 92, died in Farmington, NM on May 1, 2016. He was born to Clarence and Elsie (Jones) Ford, both from pioneering families of SW New Mexico, in Glenwood NM on August 6 1923. Quentin was raised on their farm/ranch in Pleasanton, NM: graduated from a one room school and El Paso High School and attended New Mexico A&M in Las Cruces, NM. In 1941 Quentin joined the Merchant Marine Corps, graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Marine Engineering and served as a Chief Engineering Officer in the U.S. Navy in both the WWII Atlantic and Pacific Theaters through 1946.

After the war, he returned to New Mexico College of A&M, earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1949, met Ruth McKinney, the love and soul mate of his life. In 1950 they married and moved to the University of Missouri at Columbia where Quentin taught and attained a Masters in ME. They then accepted a teaching and research position at Washington State University in Pullman. Along came a son Glenn followed by daughter Dabney and the beginning of a string of Brittany Spaniels. Both Quentin and Ruth became active in family, the University and their love of the outdoors.

Quentin completed his PhD in 1959 from Michigan State University, then accepted a teaching position at New Mexico State University and Las Cruces became their life's home. As the first doctoral professor in Mechanical Engineering at NMSU, he became the Head of that Department (1960-1969). Dr. Ford tackled this position by hiring new professors, expanding the department, helping with a school of Engineering Technology and the Cooperative Education program. In 1974 he was appointed Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in Engineering, serving in this position until he retired in 1988. He was the Dean of Engineering in 1980-1981. As a professor first, he taught his entire career and after retirement, continued to teach Engineering courses at NMSU as Professor Emeritus until 1989.

Quentin served on the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES 1974-1990). He took much pride and involvement in advancing professionalism both in New Mexico and Nationally by serving on numerous Boards. He established a consulting firm, Ford and Associates, as a Registered Professional Engineer (PE).

Dr. Ford was appointed to the New Mexico Highway Commission (1989-1995) and served with passion. With Ruth and dog in tow they drove every State road and highway in New Mexico in order to understand the issues. As a couple, they participated in numerous Las Cruces Civic Associations. Quentin also served on the City of Las Cruces Planning Board and was a member of TRESCO Board of Directors from 1993-2012.

In 2006 the State of New Mexico designated the I-25 bridges over Geothermal Drive, connecting both the East and West areas of NMSU, as the "Dr. C. Quentin Ford Underpass" in recognition of his service to New Mexico, NMSU and Engineering.

Throughout his life Quentin had a love for the outdoors, from Jeep trips to remote places, to hunting, fishing (a true love), cutting firewood, building and enjoying their cabin in Alpine, AZ. He and Ruth traveled extensively in the United States, Mexico and Canada. His heart and generosity was always open to all.

C. Quentin is preceded in death by his parents and grand-daughter. He is survived by: Ruth (McKinney) Ford; Glenn and Martha (Turner) Ford; Dabney Ford and Scott Andrae; grandson, Quentin Allen Ford.

Special thanks to: Dr. Conchita Paz, Las Cruces; Dr. Uche Obisike and staffs at The Bridge, San Juan Regional Medical Center and Life Care Center, Farmington, NM.

The family suggests memorials to: Brain Injury Alliance of New Mexico, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, or

advancing.nmsu.edu/givenow scholarship fund.

Quentin donated his body to the UNM School of Medicine. His ashes will be interred at the Glenwood Cemetery in the family plot. A Memorial Celebration will be held at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces on June 18, 2016 at 10AM.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on May 30, 2016
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