Norman L. Ford
1934 - 2021
Norman L. Ford, 87, died June 26, 2021, in Round Rock, Texas. Born December 18, 1934 in Osage City, Kansas, Norman was the first child of Anna and Cyril Ford.
Norman is survived by his brother, Richard (Dick) Ford, Shawnee KS and his sister, Connie Adams, Alamogordo, NM.
Norman cared deeply for his children and grandchildren. He was father to two daughters and one son. Karen Ford Green, Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Heather Ford Helgeson, Minneapolis, MN and Richard (Rick) Ford, Cornville, AZ.
Norman's grandchildren are Sara Riley, London England, Tiffany Ford, Chandler, AZ, Larry Green II, Dale City, VA, Shannon Glover, Oxon Hill, MD, Isaac Green, Elizabeth City, NC and Anabelle Helgeson, Minneapolis, MN. Norman also has 3 great grandchildren.
On June 6, 1979, Norman married Billie Reaney in their home on Big Watab Lake near St. Joseph, MN. Billie survives her husband of 42 years, and currently resides in their winter home in Sun City, Georgetown, TX.
Norman's career was in education. He taught Biology a St. John's University in Collegeville, MN for thirty years, beginning in 1967. He earned his PHD in Ornithology at University of Michigan that same year. Norm retired as Professor Emeritus in 1998. His skill as a teacher was formally recognized in 1998 when the University presented him with the Robert L. Spaeth Teacher of Distinction Award. "For more than thirty years, Norm has called his students to a more perceptive understanding of their world."
In 2015 St. John's University alumni inaugurated the Norman L. Ford Science Literacy Lecture Series to recognize Norman's contributions to and the encouragement of students and the public to become more conversant in science.
Norman was an outdoors person. He enjoyed gardening and fishing, especially fishing for walleye in Big Watab Lake. But best of all was hunting for pheasants and other upland game birds with his beloved dog, Sally. Every autumn, the two of them could be found successfully hunting with long-time friend and fellow hunter, Dan Steck.
Within a year of his retirement, Norman and Billie adopted a winter home in Georgetown, Texas in a new Sun City retirement community. In this community of eager learners, Norman helped to form a special interest birding group which he led for a decade, lecturing and leading group bird walks. This group is still active.
Noman's ashes will be returned to Minnesota for a family memorial later this year.
Anyone wishing to remember Norman may make gifts in his memory to the Nature Conservancy.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to 721 Texas Dr., Georgetown, TX 78633.
Published by St. Cloud Times from Jul. 7 to Jul. 11, 2021.