Henry Ford II was born on 4 September 1917 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Edsel Ford and his wife, Eleanor Clay, and the grandson of Henry FORD. He died in Detroit of legionnaire's disease on 29 September 1987. He married three times: to Anne McDonnell in 1940, to Maria Austin in 1965 and to Kathleen Duross in 1980; there were three children from the first marriage. After schooling, he attended Yale University but did not take a degree. He joined the US Navy in 1941 and served with the rank of ensign, though did not go overseas. In 1943, following the death of his father, Ford received his discharge from Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox to enable him to return to Detroit and assist his ageing grandfather in the management of Ford Motor Company, which was playing a critical role in the war effort. Ford became a vice-president in 1943, and president of the company in 1949.
From The Encyclopedia of the History of American Management in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Management and Management Techniques.