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History of Ford Hall

Ford Hall opened as temporary housing in 1959. As the demand for on-campus housing options increased, administration recognized the need for Ford to become a permanent residence hall.  

Ford Hall was named for Ellen Ford who served at Eastern from 1900 to 1934. She was born in 1865 and graduated with her Master of Arts degree in Latin from Syracuse University in 1894. Miss Ford taught Latin and German, and became the first Dean of the Teacher’s College, serving from 1918 to 1934. She also served as President Livingston Lord’s “most important assistant” where she was principally responsible for the reorganization of the institution from a normal school to a teacher’s college in 1921. Miss Ford passed away on June 13, 1948 at her retirement home in Syracuse, New York.

Ford’s construction cost $530,000.

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