The Hallie Ford Director for the Center for Healthy Children and Families

Hallie FordIn 2007, shortly before her death at the age of 102, noted Oregon philanthropist Hallie Ford made a gift of $8 million to build the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families and create an endowment for its director.

Part of OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences, the Ford Center houses researchers who take a collaborative, preventive, and lifespan approach to child and family health, addressing such issues as early childhood development, school readiness, childhood obesity, as well as child, youth and family resiliency.

Born in Red Fork, Oklahoma, in what was then Indian territory, Mrs. Ford was the first in her family to go to college. Despite the challenges of the Great Depression, she worked her way through school and earned a teaching certificate. After marrying Kenneth W. Ford, she helped to establish Roseburg Forest Products and cofounded the Ford Family Foundation.

A woman of few words but great vision, Mrs. Ford believed in the transformational value of art and education. Resourceful and frugal in her personal life, she reserved most of her wealth to benefit others, giving millions to programs throughout Oregon and her home state.

Richard A. Settersten, Jr.

Rick SetterstenIn 2010 Dr. Rick Settersten was named the first endowed director of the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families.

A professor of human development and family sciences at Oregon State University, Dr. Settersten is a sociologist, focusing much of his research on the first and last few decades of adult life.

His research explores what the extended process of becoming an adult today means for young people, their families, and the nation. Professor Settersten's scholarship also explores questions related to aging, tracing the consequences of early life experience for functioning in late life. He is a member of OSU's Center for Healthy Aging Research, and his research has been supported by divisions of the National Institutes of Health.

Settersten received a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and has held fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education in Berlin, the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern, and the Spencer Foundation in Chicago. Before coming to OSU, he was professor of sociology and co-director of the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University.


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