Auto Magnate Seriously Ill
DETROIT (AP) _ Henry Ford II, former chairman of Ford Motor Co. and grandson of the auto company’s founder, was listed in serious condition Wednesday with pneumonia at a hospital here, a spokesman said.
Ford, 70, was admitted Saturday to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit - the facility founded by his grandfather, Henry Ford - from Cottage Hospital in Grosse Pointe, said company spokeswoman Mary Joseph.
Further details, including information on his condition, were not immediately available, she said.
Ford, who lists his current residence in Palm Springs, Fla., but also maintains a home in Grosse Pointe, retired Oct. 1, 1982 from the automaker. He remains a member of the board of directors and chairs its finance committee, Joseph said.
The oldest of four children born to Edsel Ford and Eleanor Clay Ford, Henry Ford II was only 28 when he became president of the company in 1945. He remained at that post until July 1960, when he became chairman, a post he held until March 13, 1980.
Born Sept. 4, 1917 in Detroit, Ford was graduated from Yale University in 1940. Ford has a son, Edsel B. Ford II, and two daughters, Charlotte and Anne, by his first marriage to Anne McDonnell. He later married and divorced Cristina Austin and married Katherine DuRoss in October 1980.
Ford also has a brother, William Clay Ford, and a sister, Mrs. Walter B. Ford. Another brother, Benson, died in July 1978.
He was a trustee of The Ford Foundation from 1943 to 1976. In 1983, he received the Business Statesman award from Detroit’s Harvard Business School Club.
Ford served from January 1968 to February 1969 as chairman of the National Alliance of Businessmen, a group of U.S. business leaders seeking jobs for disadvantaged young people and the hard-core unemployed.
He also served from April 1970 to February 1972 as chairman of the National Center for Voluntary Action.
He is a director of Sotheby’s Holdings Inc.; a member of the advisory Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s Hospisal in West Palm Beach, Fla.; and chairman of the board of Henry Ford Health Corp.