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The Honorable Doris Ward

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Interview Date

October 14, 2005

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
County Supervisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Time of Year:
October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
What Happens To You Is Not Near As Important As How You Handle What Happens To You.

Birthplace

Born:
1/27/1932
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Interview Date

October 14, 2005

Profession

Category:
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
County Supervisor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Time of Year:
October
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cruises
Favorite Quote:
What Happens To You Is Not Near As Important As How You Handle What Happens To You.

Birthplace

Born:
1/27/1932
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Doris Margaret Ward was born on January 27, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, to Robbie Floyd and Jesse Keys. Ward’s grandparents, Joseph and Julia Floyd, migrated from the South and settled in Gary, Indiana. Ward grew up in Gary and lived with her grandparents after her parents divorced. Ward’s family also owned a grocery store in the community. Ward attended integrated Frable School from kindergarten through twelfth grade. While there, Ward was a member of the debate team and was queen of the Bud Billiken Parade in Chicago. She also became interested and active in the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. Ward attended Indiana University and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. During and after college, she participated in sit-ins at bars and other public areas in Indiana.

Ward started her career as a teacher, taught in Indiana for ten years and then moved to California. In 1968, Ward decided to continue her education and attended San Francisco State University. After that, Ward began her political career in 1972 when she became a trustee for the San Francisco Community College District. In 1979, Ward became a county supervisor, and in 1990, she became president of the Board of Supervisors. In 1996, Ward was elected San Francisco County Assessor-Recorder. In 2000, Ward served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, representing California. In 2006, Ward retired.

Ward passed away on April 14, 2018.

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