Seymour K. Padnos
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Honorary Trustee

Term as Trustee
Served from June 1, 1998 – 2007
Was appointed Honorary Trustee in 2008

Gerald R. Ford Oral History Project – Read Legacy Interview with Seymour Padnos

Foundation Remarks

Seymour Padnos was a longtime friend of President Gerald R. Ford. Padnos serves as Chairman of the Louis Padnos Iron and Metal Co. He established the Esther and Seymour Padnos Foundation, which supports a number of organizations, including Grand Valley State University. The Padnos Hall of Science and the Padnos College of Engineering and Science at GVSU are named for him. He and his wife Ester established The Padnos Partnership at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, so college interns can spend a semester at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum. They learn archival skills while learning about President and Mrs. Ford’s legacy.

Legacy photo with President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford (not available currently)

– We could also select a photo at a Foundation sponsored event –

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