GROSSE POINTE, Mich. -- Funeral services are scheduled at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church on Tuesday for Walter Buhl Ford II, an influential patron of the arts and descendant of three socially prominent Detroit families.
Ford, who lived in Grosse Pointe Farms, died of pancreatic cancer Saturday at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
He was 71.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, auto heiress Josephine Ford; two sons, two daughters, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
For more than 30 years Ford chaired the Society of Arts and Crafts, using his position to help guide the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. Until last year, he was president of the Founders Society of the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Ford also served as a board member of the Edison Institute, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. He and his wife donated more than $1 million to Yale University art and science programs.
His 1943 marriage to Josephine Clay Ford united two of Detroit's most prominent families. Josephine Ford is the only daughter of Edsel Ford and a granddaughter of automobile giant Henry Ford.
Walter Ford was from Detroit's banking Fords and was not otherwise related to the automotive Fords. He was also a descendant of the Buhl and Brush families, two other prominent families in Detroit.