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Edmond professor champion of humility

David Ford

David Ford

EDMOND — David Ford, retired University of Central Oklahoma sociology professor, was recently honored as a Champion of Character for the quality of humility.

Ford retired in August, ending a 40-year career in higher education. He was chairman for many years of the UCO Sociology Gerontology and Substance Abuse Studies Department.

Kathryn Williams, a friend and mentor, said in her nomination that Ford created a fun learning environment while holding his students to a standard of excellence.

His tough expectations earned him the nickname, Dr. Death.

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

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

“I took a portion of Philippians 2:4-8 as my guide when I was department chair and for my life in general," Ford said.

"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.' ”

Ford and his wife, Tonya, moved to Edmond in 1990. They have two daughters.

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