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Susan E. Ford

Susan E. Ford, emeritus professor at the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, died on December 5, 2017, after battling pancreatic cancer. She was 75. Services were private.

Ford began her professional career working as a lab technician under Harold (Doc) Haskin in 1966. She left the lab in 1978, returning several years later with her doctorate. She joined the faculty and was tenured in 1990. She retired in 2002 but retained her office at the lab as emeritus professor until 2014 and continued working with faculty, staff, and students until her death.

Ford was a leading shellfish pathologist, garnering recognition from colleagues, regulators, and industry leaders around the world. In 2012, the National Shellfisheries Association made her an Honored Life Member and detailed her career in an article in the Journal of Shellfish Research. She leaves behind a legacy of professional accomplishments that will serve the field for decades to come.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Anthony Thomas Ford. Ford is survived by her niece, Jennifer Ford and husband Barry Jones; her grand nieces and nephews Marlena, Aidan, Hope, and Elliott Jones; other loving family; and close friends and colleagues.

Consider donating in her memory to the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory Student Support Fund. After clicking the link, and entering an amount, please be sure to specify "Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory Student Support Fund." Expand the last section to name a tribute "In memory" of "Susan Ford. Make checks payable to the "Rutgers University Foundation" and mail to the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory, 6959 Miller Avenue, Port Norris, NJ 08349, Attn: David Bushek.

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