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John William Ford, American government official. Recipient Commendable Service award Department State, 1958, 61, Meritorious Service award, 1964, Outstanding Service award, 1974, 35 Year Government Service recognition, 1975, Leo S. Rowe Memorial award Organization of American States, 1983; Cruz y Placa Defensores de la Republica y Sus Descendientes, Mexico, 1960. Served with United States Army, 1944-1946.


Ford, John William was born on May 19, 1920 in Louisville. Son of John M. and Leila (Waters) Ford.


Student, University Louisville., 1940. Student, Jefferson Law School, Louisville, 1947. Graduate, National War College, Washington, 1961.


With Department Justice, 1939-1944, 46-47. Attache United States embassy, Caracas, Venezuela, 1947-1949, Mexico City, 1949-1950, Paris, France, 1950-1951. Assistant chief, division chief Department State, 1952, office director, 1953.

Attaché American Embassy, Manila, 1954-1955, 1st secretary, consul, 1955-1956, Mexico City, 1956-1960. Assigned to Department State, Washington, since 1960, executive secretary policy planning council, 1962-1964. Consul general Barcelona, Spain, 1964-1967.

Director Inter-American political affairs United States Permanent Mission to Organization of American States, Washington, 1967-1970, minister, counselor, since 1971. Deputy United States permanent representative, 1970-1975. Alternate United States member Inter-American Peace Committee, 1967-1970.

Inter-American committee Alliance for Progress, 1970-1975. Advisor to Secretary General Organization of American States, Washington, 1975-1984. Consultant Department of State, since 1986.


Served with United States Army, 1944-1946.


Married Mercedes Barreda, January 13, 1945. Children: John Henry, Douglas William, Walter Paul, Richard Anthony, Glen Michael, Robert James.

John M. Ford

Leila (Waters) Ford

Mercedes Barreda

John Henry Ford

Douglas William Ford

Walter Paul Ford

Richard Anthony Ford

Glen Michael Ford

Robert James Ford