C. Quentin Ford

June 20, 2016

C. Quentin Ford (PhD MECH EGR '59), an engineering leader at New Mexico State University (NMSU), died April 30 in Las Cruces, N.M. He was 92.

Ford came to New Mexico State University in 1946 to obtain a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He had previously received a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., in 1944.

He served in the U.S. Navy before coming to NMSU, and after graduating he attended the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1950 and then Michigan State University in 1959, where he received master’s and doctoral degrees. He served on the faculties at both institutions.

Returning to NMSU after completing his doctorate, Ford served as head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1959 until 1971. He served as associate dean of the College of Engineering from 1974 to 1980, then from 1981 to 1988. He also served as interim dean of the college from 1980-81. He retired in 1988.

Following his retirement, the College of Engineering established the C.Q. Ford Endowed Scholarship.

In 2006, Geothermal Drive Underpass, at the southeast corner of the Aggie football stadium, was renamed Dr. C. Quentin Ford Underpass.

Ford married Ruth McKinney of the class of 1950 at NMSU. They lived for a time in Pullman, Wash., where their children, Glenn and Dabney, both NMSU graduates in the Class of 1976, were born.

Ford is survived by his wife and children.

A memorial service was conducted on June 18 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces.