The Paul and Mary Ann Ford Fly Fishing Collection is the generous gift of Paul Ford, Ed.D., Western Washington University Professor Emeritus of Educational Administration and Foundations, and Mary Ann Ford, M.Ed.
Raised in southeastern Massachusetts and on Cape Cod, Paul Ford was educated at Dartmouth College (A.B.) and Harvard University (Ed.M., Ed.D.). In 1970, he joined the faculty of Western's department of Education. Until his retirement in 1993, he served as teacher, department chair, acting dean, acting vice president for academic affairs/provost, and as vice president for academic affairs from 1984-1987. A lifelong angler, Paul Ford is also a published chronicler of the art and mysteries of the fishing experience, as well as an expert tyer of flies.
A native of eastern Washington state, Mary Ann Ford earned degrees from Whitman College (B.A.) and Western Washington University (M.Ed.; Principal's Certificate). Her long career in public education included appointments as a teacher, curriculum director, and principal. In addition to her expertise regarding books and artwork related to fly fishing, Mary Ann Ford is a gifted needlework and decorative crafts artist.