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Frederick C. Ford

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Real Estate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Peach Cobbler
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/27/1926
Birth Location:
St. Louis, Missouri

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Real Estate Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Peach Cobbler
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
8/27/1926
Birth Location:
St. Louis
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Biography

Prominent business and civic leader Frederick C. Ford was born on August 27, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri. The youngest of six children of Florence and Lafayette, a housewife and a postal clerk, Ford attended Sumner High School in St. Louis. As an accounting student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he served as treasurer of the national accounting honorary society and president of the student senate. Ford received a B.A. and an M.S. in accountancy from the University of Illinois.

After graduation Ford worked as an accountant at Mary T. Washington and Company in Chicago. In 1951, he began working as a staff accountant at Draper and Kramer, a Chicago firm founded in 1893 to finance real estate and provide management services. Ford rose through the ranks at Draper and Kramer, eventually serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer. A dedicated civic leader, he was the first African American president of Chicago's largest club, the Union League Club, where he has volunteered for thirty-four years. Ford also served as vice president of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, and he was a member of the Gary Board of School Trustees for eight years, two of which he served as president. In Gary, he founded the Gary Educational Development Foundation, dedicated to improving elementary and secondary schools, and served as vice chairman. He continues to chair the Foundation's Investment Committee.

Ford is vice chairman of the board of directors at Draper and Kramer and a trustee of Elmhurst College. A member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Financial District Rotary Club of Chicago, he has two children with his wife, Dorothy, whom he married in 1953. Their son, Lafayette, works as a banker, and their daughter, Rebecca, is an attorney at Draper and Kramer.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Frederick C. Ford's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Frederick C. Ford lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Frederick C. Ford describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Frederick C. Ford describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Frederick C. Ford describes his mother, Florence Lucille Ellis
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Frederick C. Ford describes his father, Lafayette Ford
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Frederick C. Ford talks about his siblings' businesses
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Frederick C. Ford talks about his brothers selling candy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Frederick C. Ford talks about his family's involvement in the juke box business
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Frederick C. Ford describes his neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Frederick C. Ford describes his sights, sounds, and smells of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Frederick C. Ford describes his involvement in the YMCA as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Frederick C. Ford remembers attending John Marshall Grade School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Frederick C. Ford recalls attending summer camp as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Frederick C. Ford describes his activities at Sumner High School in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Frederick C. Ford describes attending the YMCA National Conference in Miami, Ohio and the Y Circus
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Frederick C. Ford talks about the National Honor Society
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Frederick C. Ford describes his decision to attend the University of Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Frederick C. Ford recalls participating in sit-ins in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Frederick C. Ford recalls participating in sit-ins in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Frederick C. Ford talks about his involvement with Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Frederick C. Ford talks about present-day fraternities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Frederick C. Ford talks about his siblings' education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Frederick C. Ford describes his activities at the University of Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Frederick C. Ford describes working as an accountant at Mary T. Washington and Company in Chicago.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Frederick C. Ford describes taking a job at Draper and Kramer in 1951
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Frederick C. Ford describes Draper and Kramer, Incorporated
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Frederick C. Ford describes the history of the Lake Meadow Development
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Frederick C. Ford describes the Prairie Shores development
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Frederick C. Ford talks about being the first black employee at Draper and Kramer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Frederick C. Ford describes his management philosophy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Frederick C. Ford reflects upon mistakes he has made with personnel decisions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Frederick C. Ford describes his duties at Draper and Kramer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Frederick C. Ford describes his involvement with the Gary, Indiana School Board
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Frederick C. Ford talks about an experiment that allowed a private company to run Gary, Indiana schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Frederick C. Ford describes having an inside view to a family-run business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Frederick C. Ford describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Frederick C. Ford gives advice to people interested in business
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Frederick C. Ford talks about formal business training versus business instinct
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Frederick C. Ford talks about his mother's pride in his success
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Frederick C. Ford reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Frederick C. Ford describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Frederick C. Ford narrates his photographs, pt.1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Frederick C. Ford narrates his photographs, pt.2