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Betty Bloomer Ford Edit Profile

also known as Elizabeth Ann Ford

executive , President

Betty Ann Ford, former First Lady of the United States, health facility executive. Named to Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, 1987; recipient Presidential Medal of Freedom, 1991, Living Legacy award, Women's International Center, 1998, Congressional Gold Medal, 1999, C. Everett Koop Health award, American Hospital Association, 1999, Woodrow Wilson Public Service award, 2003.

Background

Ford, Betty Bloomer was born on April 8, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Daughter of William Stephenson and Hortence (Neahr) Bloomer.

Education

Studied, Bennington School of Dance, 1937. Studied with Martha Graham, Graham School of Dance, New York City, 1937. Honorary Doctor of Laws, University Michigan, 1976.

Career

Dancer Martha Graham Concert Group, New York City, 1939-1941. Fashion director Herpolscheimer's Department Store, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1943-1948. Dance instructor, 1932-1948.

First Lady of the United States, 1974—1977. Co-founder Susan G. Komen Foundation, 1982. Co-founder (with Leonard Firestone), chairman The Betty Ford Center, Rancho Mirage, California, since 1982.

Membership

Board of directors National Arthritis Foundation (honorary). Trustee Martha Graham Dance Center, Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage. Honorary chairman Palm Springs Desert Museum.

National trustee National Symphony Orchestra. Board directors The Lambs, Libertyville, Illinois.

Connections

Married William G. Warren, 1942 (divorced 1947). Married Gerald R. Ford (38th President United States), October 15, 1948. Children: Michael Gerald, John Gardner, Steven Meigs, Susan Elizabeth.

father:
William Stephenson Bloomer

mother:
Hortence (Neahr) Bloomer

spouse:
William G. Warren

spouse:
Gerald R. Ford

child:
Michael Gerald Ford

child:
John Gardner Ford

child:
Steven Meigs Ford

child:
Susan Elizabeth Ford