William Clay Ford, last surviving grandson of company founder Henry Ford, has died in the US aged 88.
An employee and board member for 57 years, Ford began working for his grandfather’s company full-time in 1949 after being elected to the board of directors in 1948.
As head of Ford’s Design Committee for 32 years, William was at the head of the table that saw some of Ford’s more ‘limitless’ designs through the wild 50s and swinging 60s.
William was also chairman of the Executive Committee from 1978, vice-chairman of the board from 1980 and chairman of the Financial Committee from 1987-1989.
Ford retired from his Executive Committee role in 1989, his Financial Committee role in 1995, and the board itself in 2005.
William Clay Ford is survived by his wife Martha, three daughters, one son (William Clay Ford Jnr), 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He will be buried following in a private funeral service.