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The Family Tree - August/September 2004
Flowers of the Forest


Robert MacDonald Ford, Jr., 93, former State Legislator in the State of Washington; King County Commissioner during the World’s Fair in Seattle and former manager of Seattle’s Boeing Field, died June 9, 2004 on Bainbridge Island.

   Ford was born in New Rochelle, NY in 1911.  He graduated from high school in Glendale, California and served on minesweepers with the United States Navy in Iceland, the Mediterranean and at the landing at Salerno.  He graduated with degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of Washington in Seattle.

   He had a love or the water, sailing, beachcombing, walking and the forest.  His admonition was “always leave the world a little bit better than you found it.”

   Mr. Ford was preceded in death by wife, Nancy McFate, of South Colby, Washington and is survived by a daughter, Linda Cauthers of Bainbridge Island; son Robert MacDonald Ford, III (Mississippi Clan Donald Commissioner); six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Among his Scottish ancestors were Donalds, Bruces and Kirklands.


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