Henry C. Ford. A bowler's bowler. A quiet man. An effective man. A man who lives the sport and has devoted an extraordinary amount of time to its development.

"Hank" Ford was born in East Chicago, Indiana and moved to the Washington area in 1958 to accept a position as District of Columbia Classification and Parole Officer. Even before his move to the Nation's Capital he was exerting a stimulating influence on bowling.

His bowling career began in 1936. He organized student union bowling at the University of Indiana, and, at the same time, organized a recreational bowling program for the city schools in Bloomington. During World War 11, Henry organized and competed in teams at Camp Shelby, Mississippi until he was sent overseas to the Pacific Theatre of operations.

Locally, Henry Ford was elected to the Board of Directors of the Washington City Tenpin Bowling Association in 1959. He served with honor and dignity, and nine years later, in 1968, he was elected president of the association.

He organized the Virginia Masters League in 1960 and has served as its secretary for the past ten years. He has attended 19 ABC tournaments and has been a delegate from the Washington association for the past eight years.

On the lanes, Henry holds a Washington City Association doubles championship trophy from 1965. He helped organize and manages the local "700-Club." He has a career high series of 749 and he once bowled three 700's in one year. His proudest achievement is a perfect game in 1963.

Henry C. Ford. A quiet man who gets things done; an effective man who does them right; and a sincere man who knows whereof speaks. A more fitting member of the Hall of Fame would be hard to find.

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