He was the last surviving grandson of Henry Ford and had 57 years experience working with the automaker.
William Clay Ford died yesterday at the age of 88 from pneumonia. He was the company founder, Henry Ford’s last surviving grandson. He was born on March 14th 1925, and became a part of the automakers company at an early age. At just 23-years-old, William Clay Ford was appointed to Ford’s board of directors and started working for the company in 1949 after he achieved a degree from Yale University.
Even though he spent his first years with the company as a part of the Sales and Advertising Staff, he quickly jumped to various managerial positions like vice president of product design, general manager of the Continental Division and vice chairman of the board. He somewhat retired in 1989, but fully left the company after a total 57 years in May of 2005. He earned the title of Director Emeritus for all of his contributions to the automaker.
To honour William Clay Ford, Ford locations in the United States will have their flags at half-mast for 30 days. Ford is survived by a wife of 66 years, four children, 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.