Dr. Paula B. Ford
Dr. Paula Bridgid Ford, devoted mother, wife and daughter, succumbed to inflammatory breast cancer on Saturday, October 8, 2011. Dr. Ford was born on May 20, 1964 in Syracuse, New York. She spent the majority of her childhood and adolescence in the far western suburbs of Chicago. With her mother and younger brother, she moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she graduated from high school in 1982. Paula graduated with honors from Clemson University in 1987 with a B.S. degree in Agronomy. She completed her M.S. in soil science at The University of Georgia in 1989 and received her doctorate in human nutrition from Kansas State University in 2009. In 1992, Paula married Dr. William L. Hargrove, currently director of The Center for Environmental Resource Management at UTEP. Her son, Paul Leonard Hargrove, a junior at Coronado High School in El Paso, was born in 1994. While living in Kansas (1997-2009) and Georgia (1987-1997) she served as a Coordinator for the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program for the Southern and North Central regions as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension. She was an ad hoc peer reviewer for the USDA National SARE Program Evaluation Committee. Dr. Ford was appointed to the position of assistant professor at the College of Health Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 2009. She was honored in the spring of 2011 with the Outstanding Research and Performance Award from the College of Health Sciences. This work was completed while she was in active treatment for her cancer. Paula served in her position at UTEP until her death.