May 15, 2019 @ 7:30pm - 9:00pm
| Grosse Pointe War Memorial
32 Lake Shore Rd.
Benson Ford Lecture
Mark Heppner, president and CEO of Ford House will give a presentation highlighting the life of Benson Ford, son of Edsel and Eleanor Ford, marking 100 years since Benson’s birth in 1919.
Part of the Grosse Pointe Historical Society’s Bicknell Lecture Series, the event is free and open to the public, beginning at 7:30 p.m. May 15 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.
Benson Ford was born on July 20, 1919. He was named Edsel Jr., but renamed Benson shortly after. Ford worked at Ford Motor Co. before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. After the war, Ford rejoined Ford Motor Co. in the role of director and vice president, leading the Mercury division, and was also chairman of the dealer policy board. Ford worked extensively on behalf of local charities and served as president of the Ford Fund from its inception until his death in 1978.
The Grosse Pointe War Memorial is located at 32 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms.