Distinguished Alumni

Mary Betty Ford

Mary Betty Ford was born in Alabama.  After her high school graduation in 1943, her family moved to Atlanta where Ms. Ford obtained her first job with the U.S. Army.  After two years she decided to continue her education and enrolled at LMU.   Following graduation in 1949, she went to work at Newnan High School in Newnan, Georgia, teaching Spanish and speech.

Her love for the theatre drove Ms. Ford to New York where she received a job as reservations sales agent with Eastern Airlines.  She soon transferred back to Atlanta where she could be close to home.

Her career began to parallel the dynamic growth of technology, especially in communications.  In 1963 Ms. Ford transferred to Charlotte, North Carolina, and assisted with the opening of the new Centralized Reservations Center.  In 1966 she was transferred to Miami, Florida, where she joined the staff of Marketing Training School as Administrator.  Not only did she train students as part of her responsibilities, she also leased spaced in the community for housing and a training facility, handled budget requirements and monitoring, linked everything with computer services, interpreted corporate policy, administered student discipline and coordinated offices throughout the systems for the training of their newly hired personnel.  Although she retired in 1982 and returned to Atlanta, she continued to work as consultant to Eastern training departments until 1985.

After retirement, Ms. Ford stayed active by volunteering her time to numerous activities such as the Alliance Theater, the Fernbank Natural Museum, Our Lady of Perpetual Help (cancer home), Atlanta Hospice Association (aid to terminally ill) and the Jerusalem Home (facility for Aids victims).