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John ’63 and Ginny Ford MAKING A DIFFERENCE

“I owe a lot to the Prep School, the teachers and my fellow classmates. What the Prep School does for its students is make them into people who can make a difference.”


s an 8-year Johnnie (SJP ’63 and SJU ’67), John Ford spent the most formative years of his life on the Saint John’s campus. In his words, “I owe a lot to the Prep School, the teachers and my fellow classmates. What te Pre Sool does or its students is mae tem into eole o an mae a dierene.

This belief that the Prep School prepares students to mae a dierene in te orld motiated on and Ginny to contribute to two existing scholarship funds. “These gifts in 2013 were to assure scholar- ship money would be available long term to eligible students eause te ould mae a dierene.

Not onl ould teir gits roide finanial aid annually to needy students, they also honored the memory of a deceased classmate, Mike Williams, and honored the contributions of a beloved coach and teacher, Elmer Kohorst. The Class of 1963 established the Michael F. Williams Scholarship Fund and the Aurelia and Elmer Kohorst Scholarship Fund on the occasion of the class’s 50th Reunion.

John and Ginny made their gifts with the capital gains income they realized after selling real estate i te ad auired man ears ago. In addition to the charitable deduction they received rom teir git, on and inn reeied signifiant ta enefits, tere enaling te Pre Sool to receive a larger gift. Further, John handled all

of the details associated with the sale of the real estate and suseuent giting to te Pre Sool prior to actually making his donation. This enabled the Prep School to receive the full value of the real estate gain without the deduction of any fees or other related costs.

Despite living some distance from Collegeville, John returns to Minnesota and Saint John’s regularly, having participated in Career Day on several occasions. He and Ginny make their home in Phoenix, Ariz. where John’s career with International Harvester culminated in his consolidation of all of the Navistar (formerly IH) Truck Dealers and Distributorships in the state of Arizona. John’s career with International Harvester/Navistar spanned almost 40 years. John and Ginny regularly host gatherings of Phoenix-area Prep alumni, parents and friends.

Through their generosity, John and Ginny are helping sustain the Prep School’s legacy of educating young men and women to lead and serve throughout their lives. | page 9

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