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One of the highlights at the 23rd Annual Conference was a talk given at the Saturday luncheon by Cheryle Sims, one of the Directors of the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation, about Mrs. Ford, her life and her legacy. The Ford Foundation has awarded grants to the Society each year since 1998.
Gertrude C. Ford was firm in her Oxfordian beliefs throughout her life, dating back to her school days, and had written a book (A Rose by Any Name, 1964) and a screenplay (Shakespeare and Elizabeth Unmasked, adapted for a brief run on Broadway in 1968) to promote public awareness of the issue.
In the 1960s and 70s she was a member of the Shakespeare Oxford Society. Over the …