People News

In Memorium: Harold Ford, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association

December 18, 2012
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

Harold Ford, retired executive director of what was then Southeastern Poultry & Egg Association (now U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, Tucker, Ga.), passed away Dec. Harold Ford obit14.

In 1954, Ford, a Kentucky native, joined the association staff at its headquarters in Richmond, Va. In 1957, he was named executive secretary of the association, commonly called SOUTHEASTERN. The headquarters then moved to Decatur, Ga. In 1961, Ford left the association to join Mar-Jac Poultry Co. in Gainesville, Ga. In 1967, he was asked by the SOUTHEASTERN board of directors to return as executive secretary. Then, he guided the association to prominence as one of the most effective and influential trade associations, not only in the poultry industry, but throughout the United States. He grew the organization’s signature event, the International Poultry Expo, to become the largest, preeminent poultry industry convention and tradeshow in the world. Ford retired in 1992.

The association’s foundation is named after him, along with the organization’s highest recognition, the Harold E. Ford Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also inducted into the Poultry Industry Hall of Fame. Following his retirement from SOUTHEASTERN, Ford was active in volunteer work with organizations such as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Prevent Blindness Georgia, the Paralympics and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. He served as a deacon in the Baptist faith most of his adult life. During World War II, he was a U.S. Marine in the South Pacific. He also was an avid golfer.

Ford was preceded in death by his wife Wanda. He is survived by three daughters: Karen, Debbie and Anita, along with grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Visitation is Dec. 16 from 4-6 p.m. at A.S. Turner Funeral Home in Decatur, Ga. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 17 at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, Ga.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

OSI, 2014 Refrigerated Foods Processor of the Year

Find out how this global food provider secured a new supply chain global trading platform, opened a new culinary innovation center and continues to keep food safety top of mind.

Read cover story here.
Read plant story here.

7/31/14 12:00 pm EDT

Engaging the Manufacturing Workforce to Drive Business Improvement

AIOE’s Workforce Development Solutions Group will soon release its work product, “The Engagement Framework”. This is a robust resource tool that both CPGs and suppliers should find useful in their organizations. Attendees will learn of the key attributes of Engagement, and cases and lessons learned on how to apply these guiding lessons within your company. The value proposition is fundamental to business success in our industry: business performance, competitive globally, recruitment and retention.

Refrigerated and Frozen Foods Magazine


2014 September

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods' September 2014 issue features the six Processors to Watch in 2015 and the Cold Storage Construction Guide.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Processors On The Rise...

What aspects of an up-and-coming company are most important for it to become successful in the cold food marketplace?
View Results Poll Archive

The Refrigerated and Frozen Food Store

Cold Packaging Materials Guide

A guide to cold packaging containers and materials.

More Products

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Delivers

RFF Infographic 133x133Click here to see a snapshot of the many different ways Refrigerated & Frozen Foods delivers business and technology solutions to cold chain professionals.


facebook_2014 twitter_40px youtube_40pxlinkedin_40px

Buyer's Guide

Visit our Buyer's Guide!

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods offers a Cold Packaging Materials Guide, as well as a Cold Storage Warehouse Guide, the most comprehensive listing of cold storage warehouses.

Visit the Buyer's Guide page today!