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Sen. David Ford
Indiana State Sen. David Ford passed away Wednesday morning in his home in Blackford County. David was a long-time supporter and champion of technology issues throughout the state, including GIS. He was actively engaged with IGIC on GIS legislation, including sponsoring S.B. 493 Ė Indianaís first GIS law. He helped others understand the importance of GIS and made connections between GIS and other important issues such as land use, education, and Civil Air Patrol.

By his words we can all be reminded that our efforts really do make a positive impact on the world. He shared with me last week, "I will always think that my role in GIS has been one of my proudest contributions to Indiana." Like so many other, Iíve been honored to work with him.

He lived his life with a purpose, and will be sorely missed by many.

- Jill Saligoe-Simmel

Services for Ford will be at St. Maryís Catholic Church in Muncie, Indiana. Fordís family will receive friends from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday a St. John's Catholic Church, 209 S. Spring St., Hartford City. A Liturgical Service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at St. John's Catholic Church.

Father David Newton will conduct the funeral service at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 2300 W. Jackson St., Muncie. Interment will be at Brookside Memorial Park in Montpelier, IN. Memorials may be made to the David C. Ford Scholarship Fund, Blackford High School, 2392 N. State Road 3, Hartford City, Indiana 47348
Masters students enrolled full time are invited to apply for the Association of American Geographers' Cartography Specialty Group (CSG) Masters Thesis Research Grants. These grants are made available to promote scholarly research in cartography research by students enrolled in a geography or related degree program. Grants are available up to a maximum of $500 and may be used for items necessary and relevant to research such as travel, materials, equipment, and human subject fees. Deadline for application are March 15th, June 15th, and November 1st. For more information and the application form, visit the CSG web site at http://www.csun.edu/~hfgeg003/csg/.