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Over the past week, several Kennedy School faculty paid tribute to President Gerald Ford, who passed away on December 26.
In a recent commentary for U.S. News and World Report,
David Gergen said, "While conservative by inclination, Ford was guided less by ideology than by a pragmatic judgment of what was best for the nation." [He was] "A man to trust. But most of all, Ford brought a forthright honesty to politics," wrote Gergen.
Access David Gergen's article, "A Good President."
In his personal account of Ford, Roger Porter recently wrote, "Ford never let America down. He renewed American confidence and restored trust in government and its leaders. His passing reminds us of how much good he did and how much our country will miss him."
Access Roger Porter's article, "Ford Fostered Civility and Decency."
Roger Porter also wrote a feature for Harvard Magazine entitled, "A President with a Purpose - Leadership Lessons from Gerald R. Ford" as well as an article for The Washington Times entitled, "A Deserving President."
In addition to serving as the 38th President of the United States (1974-1977), Ford was a Heffernan Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Politics in the spring of 1999.
President Ford spoke at Harvard's Kennedy School in March 1999. To watch the video of his public address, "In Praise of Moderation," visit the Institute of Politics Forum archive.