PHOTO FEATURE - Remembering President Ford's Visit to Baylor
- Baylor's student body president and other university dignitaries greet President Gerald Ford during a visit to Baylor on April 29, 1976.
- President Gerald Ford arrives on the Baylor campus on April 29, 1976.
- After arriving on the Baylor campus on April 29, 1976, President Gerald Ford took time to greet well-wishers along Speight Avenue.
- Crowds of students wait to go into Waco Hall to hear President Gerald Ford's speech during his visit to Baylor on April 29, 1976.
- President Gerald Ford waves to the Waco Hall crowd during his visit to Baylor on April 29, 1976.
- On April 29, 1976, President Gerald Ford spoke to students and faculty in Waco Hall, delivering prepared remarks and answering audience questions on various topics including the presidential campaign, the economy and the Panama Canal.
- Then-Baylor Student Body President Jay Wolfe presented President Gerald Ford with a personalized Baylor jacket during Ford's visit to Baylor on April 29, 1976.
- Then-Baylor President Abner McCall and Student Body President Jay Wolfe assist President Gerald Ford with his personalized Baylor jacket, which was presented during Ford's visit to Baylor on April 29, 1976.
- President Gerald Ford shows the Waco Hall crowd his personalized Baylor jacket during his visit to the university on April 29, 1976.
As the nation mourned the Dec. 26, 2006, death of President Gerald R. Ford, Baylor University recalled the 38th President's visit to the campus during a campaign stop in Waco on April 29, 1976. (Read the text of President Ford's speech at Baylor from the American Presidency Project.)
Surrounded by Secret Service agents, President Ford walked across the Baylor campus and shook hands with hundreds of well-wishers along Speight Avenue. He then delivered prepared remarks at Waco Hall and answered questions from the capacity audience of faculty and students on several timely topics, such as the presidential primary with then-California Gov. Ronald Reagan, the economy and the Panama Canal.
President Ford also congratulated Baylor's head football coach Grant Teaff. Following Baylor's historic year on the gridiron in 1974, it was Ford, a former Michigan letterwinner, who had presented Teaff with the 1974 Coach of the Year Award from the American Football Coaches Association.
Below are photos from President Ford's visit, courtesy of Baylor Photography.