The last surviving grandchild of the Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford, has died at home from pneumonia.
William Clay Ford, 88, helped steer the Ford Motor Company into the modern era as an employee and director. He served as director emeritus until his death.
Ford served the Ford Motor Company for 57 years as an employee and board member, playing a pivotal role in shaping the company for more than half of its 110-year history. He was elected to the board of directors on June 4, 1948, and began his employment with the company after graduating from Yale University in 1949. In 1957 he was elected chairman of the design committee, a post he held for 32 years. Throughout his career, he was instrumental in setting the company’s design direction, overseeing the development of a number of classic vehicles, including the Continental Mark II, considered by many to be one of the most iconic cars ever built. Continue reading “Obituary: William Clay Ford” »