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Goodbye to Our Friend:
Gerald R. Ford, 1913-2007

When Gerald R. Ford took the oath of office on August 9, 1974, he declared, "I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances.... This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts."

It was indeed an unprecedented time. He had been the first Vice President chosen under the terms of the Twenty-fifth Amendment and, in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, was succeeding the first President ever to resign. He was confronted with almost insuperable tasks. There were the challenges of mastering inflation, reviving a depressed economy, solving chronic energy shortages, and trying to ensure world peace.

President Ford acted to curb the trend toward Government intervention and spending as a means of solving the problems of American society and the economy. In the long run, he believed, this shift would bring a better life for all Americans.

Ford's reputation for integrity and openness had made him popular during his 25 years in Congress and these qualities were carried over into his presidency. These are the qualities that we honor at the Founding Values Awards ceremonies.

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Casket off of Air Force One

  

Fed Ex and U of M Bank

Ford leaving Air Force One for the last time

   

Pall Bearers and Casket

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