January 5, 2007

Samford Recalls Ford Visit

"... When he delivered the dedicatory address for the Lucille Stewart Beeson Law Library in February 1996, Ford joined a growing list of national and international leaders who have visited the campus..."

former President Gerald R. FordThe death of former President Gerald R. Ford in late December, 2006, brought back memories of Ford's visit to Samford a decade earlier. When he delivered the dedicatory address for the Lucille Stewart Beeson Law Library in February 1996, Ford joined a growing list of national and international leaders who have visited the campus. In addition to Ford, that list includes presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and international human rights advocate Cherie Booth Blair, wife of current British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Ford, who signed the law that made U. S. military service academies coeducational, helped Samford celebrate the life of Beeson, who completed her legal education during the Depression and gained admission to the bar at a time when female attorneys were rare. Speaking to an audience of more than 2,000, the former Congressman, Vice-President and President warned of the dangers of big government, reckless spending and tampering with the Constitution.

Samford's state and national flags will fly at half-staff for 30 days in honor of Ford.

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