Ford holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Wake Forest University. Prior to his wife’s death in 2014, he produced twelve books, including two for Globe Pequot Press, two for McGraw-Hill, and a national Children’s Choice Award winner for Peel Publications. He also produced Focus on the Foothills, a 100-page photobook on Polk County and the surrounding area. In photography, he was drawn to nature—landscapes, flowers, trees, and animals. He amassed a wide collection of images from his years of travel across North America. Thousands of those photos can be viewed in the Photography portion of his website at

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