Dr. David Ford Honored for the Character Trait of "Humility"

Emoly Walters, presenter, along with Dr. Ford and Kathy Williams

Edmond, OK—June 26, 2107.

Former UCO Professor of Sociology, Dr. David Ford was honored as Champion of Character for Humility before the Edmond City Council at the June meeting.  Dr. Ford retired in August 2016, ending a 40-year career in higher education. He was also department chair in the Sociology Gerontology and Substance Abuse Studies department for many years at UCO.

In her nomination of her friend and mentor, Kathryn Williams said that he created a fun learning environment, while holding his students to a standard of excellence.  His tough expectations earned him the nickname, Dr. Death. Despite his reputation, former students came back to thank him for setting the bar high and empowering them to experience success, said Williams.

Dr. Ford said, “I tried to be fair while still challenging them, particularly in the areas of developing writing and critical thinking skills.”

Students benefited from his willingness to go beyond teaching to give them an advantage by “making introductions for continued education in graduate school,” said Williams.

Dr. Ford said, “I took a portion of Philippians 2:4-8 as my guide when I was department chair and for my life in general. The first part states, ‘Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significantly than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.’”

Dr. Ford said, “Circumstances, situations and other people serve as the teachers of humility. A person can choose to learn from all of these.”

Dr. Ford and his wife, Tonya of 40 years moved to Edmond in 1990. The Fords raised two daughters. Laura and her husband James, along with their children, Nori, Jonah and Selah, live in San Antonio, TX. Emily and her husband, Daniel, live in OKC with their twins, Madelyn and Baylor.

Dr. Ford gives credit to several mentors for helping him advance his career. Dr. Larry Walker hired him for his first full-time job in higher education at Oral Roberts University. Dr. Richard Rettig encouraged him to get his doctorate and later to apply for the job that brought his family to Edmond at UCO. Also, Dr. Ralph Fagin helped make a way for him to earn his Masters in Sociology at Oklahoam State University.

Mrs. Ford is a violinist with a BA and MA in Music Education. The last 21 years of her career she spent teaching Orchestra at Edmond Central Middle School. In earlier years, she taught Orchestra in Norman and Tulsa. She also was a part of the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra and the Oklahoma City Community Orchestra. She also played for the Enid and Lawton Symphonies.

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