In Memoriam: Richard Ford

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The following is a statement by David J. Brown, executive vice president and chief preservation officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, on the passing of Richard Ford of Wabash, Ind. Ford was a former chairman of the National Trust Council and longtime champion of historic preservation.

“The National Trust family was saddened to hear of the passing of our good friend and preservation leader Richard Ford.  Richard’s commitment to the historic places in his hometown of Wabash, throughout the state of Indiana, and across the country set a standard for hands-on preservation and philanthropy that is rarely matched.  His legacy in Wabash lives on through the revitalization of the historic downtown, restoration of the historic Charley Creek Inn and the Dr. James Ford Historic Home, the revitalized Honeywell Center, and his beloved Wabash County Historical Museum. Richard supported preservation across the Hoosier state through his work and leadership with Indiana Landmarks, one of the most effective statewide preservation organizations in America. 

“On a national level, Richard’s support for historic preservation led him to the chairmanship of the National Trust Council, where he helped grow support for the work of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, encouraging fellow philanthropists across the country to join him in his passion for the landmarks of our nation.  One of his last and most meaningful contributions was his support of the 2013 National Preservation Conference, the largest gathering of preservationists across the country, held in Indianapolis last fall.  Richard was a titan in preservation, not only in Indiana but nationally. He will be sorely missed.”