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

TERM AS TRUSTEE:
Served from June 1, 1998 – 2007
Appointed Honorary Trustee in 2008

BIOGRAPHY:
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 (GVSU). 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.

GERALD R. FORD ORAL HISTORY PROJECT: 
Read Oral History Interview with Seymour Padnos

FOUNDATION REMARKS:
Padnos Museum Internship at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
 

Seymour K. Padnos (center) pays his respect at the Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of President Gerald R. Ford in July 2009. (Photo Courtesy of Dr. Robert M. Humphries)

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