Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Gerald R. Ford, 38th President, died yesterday at the age of 93. He was born in my ancestral city, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, where 29 of my direct ancestors were either born, married, lived, or died. That doesn't count the many other siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles of ancestors that also made Grand Rapids their home. My Grandfather DeVries attended South High School with him (a grade behind Ford), and later attended the University of Michigan, Ford's alma mater.