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Gary T. Ford Memorial

By August 20, 2021No Comments

By Suellen Appellof

Gary T. Ford Memorial Fund to be created
for Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief & Rescue


Gary T. Ford was a researcher, professor of Marketing at University of Maryland, and an author. He was a native of Buffalo, NY and moved to Maryland in 1975. He spent 45 years in Maryland.

He was a lover of Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, the state dog of Maryland. His first Chessie was a female named Cookie. According to his friends and family; “Gary loved his family, his dog, and his wine. He made friends at dog parks all over.”

When Gary passed this past spring, he left behind his wife, Lisa; and his children, Carolyn, and Nathan.  The entire family are lovers of the breed and their current Chessie, Gracie. Gracie, like Cookie, and Chester before her, is an integral part of the family, and is a constant joy to this Chessie loving family.

Gary left behind a substantial financial gift to Chesapeake Bay Retriever Relief & Rescue. He asked that the funds be used to support the dogs, and wanted to make sure the needs of the dogs were taken care of providing funds to pay for transport, vet care, training, and fostering.

Gary’s dogs were his buddies, and his shadow. Each in their turn, his dogs were always with him.

“Gary T. Ford was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Marketing as well as the former Chairman of Marketing in the Kogod School of Business at American University. He was formerly Chairman of the Marketing Department at the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland at College Park and Visiting Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.”