Hamilton Faith Ford, psychiatrist and professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch, was born on October 24, 1908, in Goldthwaite, Texas, the son of Walter and Barbara (Scarborough) Ford. He graduated from Sonora High School in 1924, from the University of Texas in 1927, and from UTMB in 1931. He was the first resident to finish the three-year program in psychiatry. Ford completed postgraduate training at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, John Sealy Hospital and the Galveston State Psychopathic Hospital in Galveston, and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
He joined the UTMB faculty in 1935 and was promoted to professor in 1946. He was chairman of the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry from 1963 to 1973 and chairman of the Department of Psychiatry in 1973–74. In 1972 he received the Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus Award and in 1974 was selected as the first Ashbel Smith professor of psychiatry.
Ford wrote more than forty scientific publications and served as editor of Diseases of the Nervous System from 1968 to 1976. He was a member of the board of editors of Psychiatry Digest from 1963 to 1971. He served as president of the Texas Society for Mental Health (1950), the Galveston County Medical Society (1951), the Central Neuropsychiatric Association (1959), the Texas District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association (1959), the Texas Association for Mental Health (1963), the Southern Psychiatric Association (1969), and the American College of Psychiatrists (1974). In 1969 he was elected vice president of the American Psychiatric Association.
In 1934 he married Josephine Evangeline Dean, who also graduated from UTMB, worked in the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, was president of the Women's Auxiliary of the Texas State Medical Association (see TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION), and was chairman of the Mental Health Division of the National Auxiliary Organization. The Fords had three daughters. Ford died in Texas City on July 21, 1990.
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Galveston Daily News, July 22, 1990. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston: Past, Present, Future (Galveston: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, 1966). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
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