Author, Professor Emeritus Ford passes away

Elaine Ford, an author and professor emeritus of creative writing and literature at the University of Maine, passed away Aug. 27. Ford published five novels and many short stories, according to her New York Times obituary. Ford’s tales “found their power in details and in ordinary, believable characters, often working women in Massachusetts or Maine who were confronting the consequences of choices made and paths not taken,” her NYT obituary states. Ford’s friend and former UMaine colleague, Harvey Kail, called her “a truly dedicated teacher,” and told the Press Herald she was instrumental in shaping the department’s creative writing program. “She was both sardonic and charming simultaneously,” Kail said.  The Boston Globe also published an obituary on Ford.