2014 : William Clay Ford Dies, Detroit Lions Owner

March 9, 2023 all-day

William Clay Ford, the last living grandchild of Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford, died Sunday morning at his suburban Detroit home from pneumonia.

Ford, 88, served with the Dearborn-based automaker for 57 years as an employee and board member, including most recently as Director Emeritus.

Ford had numerous associations and roles outside of Ford Motor Company. He became president of the Detroit Lions football team in 1961. He purchased the team in November 1963 and served as its chairman until his death. He also was a dedicated and generous philanthropist and community leader.

For the full article, see Michael Wayland, “William Clay Ford: A timeline of his life, career”, MLive, March 10, 2014.

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