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Whelden, Ford Hopkins, 1903-1982



  • Existence: 1903 - 1982

Ford Whelden was born on January 2, 1903 in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1925 and became a life long supporter and avid fundraiser for the college. He was President or Secretary-Treasurer of the Dartmouth Club of Detroit from 1927-1939, served on the Dartmouth Alumni Council from 1932-1939, was class secretary from 1937-1940, Director of the Detroit Boat Club from 1938-1942, President, Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Gross Pointe Unitarian Church from 1940-1942, and Director of the Detroit Star Grinding Wheel Company from 1939-1942. After serving in the USNR as a Lieutenant Commander from 1942-1945 he was hired by Dartmouth College in 1948 as a Development Council Assistant. During his time at the college he founded the Dartmouth Bequest and Estate Planning Program. Whelden retired from the College in 1951 and died in Norwich, Vermont in 1982. .

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Ford Whelden papers

Identifier: MS-708
Overview Ford Whelden (1903-1982), founder of the Dartmouth Bequest and Estate Planning Program. Dartmouth College Class of 1925. The collection consists of books, correspondence, memos, reports, brochures, pamphlets, booklets. speeches, photographs, financial documents, and Dartmouth College memorabilia documenting his life as a Dartmouth student and as a member of the Dartmouth College Alumni Council and Development Office.

Oral History Interview with Ford Whelden.

Identifier: DOH-207
Scope and Contents The oral history interview of Ford Whelden is comprised of three audiocassette recordings and a tape log of the recordings. The interview was conducted by Jere Daniell between March 1, 1977 and March 4, 1977 in Norwich,VT. The entire interview runs for approximately three hours.