OBITUARY: Robert Francis Ford Nov. 2, 2013


Robert Francis Ford, 78, of Rio Verde, Ariz., died Nov. 2, 2013. A former Santa Fe, N.M. resident, Bob was born and grew up in Weymouth, Mass.

Fresh out of high school he joined the Navy and served in the Korean Conflict as an electronics technician (Petty Officer First Class) on the USS Lake Champlain and was decorated with various citations and commendations for bravery and valor.

Bob returned to Boston and completed his undergraduate, Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering at Northeastern University. While there he excelled in football and ice hockey, being inducted into the early Athletic Hall of Fame for his achievements. He also played the 1960 season for the Baltimore Colts professional football team. 

After a stint at Sylvania, he joined the team which had started Data General, a pioneer in the mini computer world. In 1973, Bob ventured west and took a position as Project Engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, retiring in 1993. He also taught computer science at the UNM-Los Alamos branch campus, eventually becoming its chair.

During his lifetime he enjoyed many athletic pursuits in particular skiing at Wildcat Mountain in New Hampshire and Pajarito Mountain in Los Alamos and participated in numerous senior downhill ski races in New Mwxico and Colorado. He loved golf as well and was a former member of the Las Campanas Golf Club in Santa Fe as well as current member of Rio Verde Country Club in Arizona and Torreon Golf Club in Show Low, Ariz..

In his retirement, Bob worked as a Rules Official for tournaments run by the USGA, Arizona Golf Association and NCAA as well as serving as a volunteer at the Mayo Clinic for the past 10 years. 

Bob is survived by Denise Andre Ford, his wife of 32 years; his brother, George M. Ford, of Hingham, Mass., and numerous nephews, nieces and grand nephews and nieces. Bob dearly loved his adopted Southwest, his wife, many friends and especially his felines: Gracie, Mr. Wilson and Molly. He will be profoundly missed.  

In accordance with Bob’s wishes, no services will be held. A special thank you to Hospice of the Valley and its Eckstein Center and their very caring, loving and compassionate staff.