President Ford honored with Hauenstein award | News
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - President Gerald Ford lived his life according to three principles - integrity, character and leadership. That's why the late president became the first recipient Tuesday of the "Colonel Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship" award.
Grand Valley officials say this award will be handed out every year going forward to leaders who have led our nation at the highest levels.
Ford's son, Steven Ford, accepted the award on behalf of his late father Tuesday afternoon at a special ceremony held at the Loosemore Auditorium in the Pew Center on Grand Valley's Grand Rapids campus.
"I can tell you that if dad were here today he'd be tickled to death," said Steven Ford. "He'd be honored and humbled that he was getting this award."
Steven Ford says his dad's receiving this award had a lot to do with his midwest values, which included being raised in Grand Rapids.
"I wish my mom could be here," said Steven Ford, referring to Betty Ford, who turns 93 next month. "I wish dad were here because he had a great love for the Colonel [Ralph Hauenstein]. They shared a lot of the same beliefs because they came from the same generation."
The 1 p.m. award ceremony was followed by 4:30 p.m. symposium at Ford Museum which explored ethics in today's America. The discussion featured leaders from the the worlds of law, health care and homeland security.
Steven Ford provided the opening remarks at the symposium then a panel featuring Terri Lynn Land, former Michigan Secretary of State; W. Anthony Jenkins, president of the State Bar of Michigan and attorney at Dickenson Wright; and, Brigadier General Michael C.H. McDaniel, a professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School and former deputy assistant secretary to the U.S. Department of Defense's Homeland Security division.