Susan Ford ’64

11 December 2017

Class: 1964

Deceased: December 5, 2017

After leaving Carleton, Susan completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Rutgers University and received a Doctorate Degree in Zoology from Duke University. During her career she held research and teaching positions at Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University. Awarded professor emeritus status at Rutgers in 2003, she continued as adjunct professor at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
Dr. Ford was a well-known and internationally respected shellfish biologist, receiving several scientific awards including the Thurlow C. Nelson Award and the National Shellfisheries Association Honored Life Member Award. She was also the first woman to receive the David A. Wallace Award. As pointed out in a Williamsburg obituary, her peer-reviewed publications have been cited more than 3,000 times, demonstrating the impact of her work and documenting a life-long dedication to research, education, and outreach.
More personal notes from her community paper described her as “a faithful friend and neighbor, diligent and disciplined, an enthusiastic leader, humble and unassuming, and a person of broad, rich and deep experience”. The National Shellfisheries Association Past President added that she mentored and touched the lives of countless students and colleagues. She is survived by her husband Barry Jones and other loving family members, close friends, and colleagues the world over.

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