Michael Gerald Ford

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Michael Gerald Ford
Michael Gerald Ford at a ceremony where a model of the USS Gerald R Ford (CVN-78) was unveiled at the Pentagon - 20070116.jpg
Michael Ford at the unveiling of a model of the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) at the Pentagon in January 2007
Born (1950-03-14) March 14, 1950 (age 64)
Alma mater Wake Forest University (BA, 1972)
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv, 1984)
Spouse(s) Gayle Ann Brumbaugh (m. 1974)
Children Sarah Joyce Goodfellow
Rebekah Elizabeth Cooke
Hannah Gayle
Parents Gerald Ford
Betty Ford
Relatives John Gardner Ford (brother)
Steven Ford (brother)
Susan Ford Bales (sister)
Charles Henry King (great-grandfather)
Gerald Ford, Sr. (step-grandfather)
Dorothy Ayer Gardner Ford (grandmother)
Leslie Lynch King, Sr. (biological grandfather)
Thomas Gardner Ford (half-uncle)

Michael Gerald Ford (born March 14, 1950) is the oldest of four children of former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford and former First Lady Betty Ford. Prior to his birth, Ford's mother wanted to name him after his father. However, Ford's father had always disliked being called "Junior" and he refused to "inflict the nickname on any son." The Fords settled on his name as a compromise.[1] Ford would note that during his paternal grandmother's funeral, he saw his father cry for the first time.[2]

He is a minister, and leads the Office of Student Development, which oversees all student organizations at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is an alumnus of Wake Forest (BA, 1972) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv, 1984). He was the president of Sigma Chi while a student at WFU. President Ford, when he was still in Congress, spoke at his son's commencement.

He married Gayle Ann Brumbaugh (born 1951) on July 5, 1974. The Fords have three daughters,

  • Sarah Joyce (born 1979), who married Blake Goodfellow in 1999 and had four children with him:
    • Riley Ann (born 2001)
    • Ford William (born 2003)
    • Brady Michael (born 2005)
    • Tyler Elizabeth (born 2008)
  • Rebekah Elizabeth (Bekah, born 1982), who married Clay Cooke in 2004 and had a daughter with him:
    • Ever Elizabeth (born 2010)
  • Hannah Gayle (born 1985).

References[edit]

  • Wead, Doug, All the President's Children, Atria Books, New York, 2003, ISBN 0-7434-4631-3
  • Cannon, James (2013). Gerald R. Ford: An Honorable Life. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 978-0472116041. 
  1. ^ Cannon, p. 81.
  2. ^ Cannon, p. 91.