John W. Ford, a retired accountant who earlier had been a career non-commissioned Army officer, died Nov. 17 of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 70.
The son of a drugstore owner and a homemaker, Mr. Ford was born and raised in Columbus, Ga. He was a 1958 graduate of Columbus High School.
He joined the Army in 1960 where he attained the rank of chief warrant officer. Mr. Ford was assigned to the communication section of the defense attaché and worked in embassies in Bolivia, Vietnam, India, Burma, Ecuador and Switzerland.
After being discharged from the Army in 1980, he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's degree in taxes, both from the University of Baltimore.
He became a certified public accountant in 1982, and after working for several Baltimore accounting firms, established John W. Ford P.C. in Ellicott City in 1991. He retired last year.
The longtime Ellicott City resident was an accomplished photographer who enjoyed photographing landscapes, flowers and plants.
He also was an avid traveler.
Mr. Ford was a member of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia, where a memorial service was held Nov. 20.
Surviving are his wife of 41 years, the former Constance Thacker; a son, Carter W. Ford of Baltimore; and a sister, Judith F. Beaty of Redding, Calif.