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Andrew Green Foord


Centurion, 1920–1950

Born 28 December 1875 in New York (Brooklyn), New York

Died 16 March 1950 in Wawarsing, New York

Proposed by Samuel W. Lambert and Walter H. Crittenden

Elected 4 December 1920 at age forty-four

Century Memorial

Andrew Green Foord was elected to the Century in 1920. He died on March 16, 1950. He lives in the grateful memories of hundreds of former patients whom he helped and befriended.

He was born in Brooklyn, the son of John Foord, the editor of “The Times” from 1875–83; and was named for his father’s friend, Andrew Green, a leading citizen to whom New York owes a debt as a principal advocate of Central Park.

Following an apprenticeship at Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Foord founded in 1906 his noted sanitarium “Nonkonahwa” in the Catskills. There for thirty-five years, until his retirement in 1941, he ministered to those worn down by the stress of modern life.

Of immediate Scotch descent, the doctor had the best qualities of that great people. He was independent to a degree, and had little use for those who would not even try. But he was also a highly sensitive judge of human nature, and the kindest of men, with a great gift for friendship.

His forte as a physician was his ability not simply to alleviate and patch but to restore. If the patient would only give him time, he was often able to bring back to even greater usefulness men and women who had almost lost hope.

Many hard-working and distinguished men have looked back to their weeks or months under his experienced care as a turning point in their lives, from which not only physical but spiritual health flowed into them.

He was a superb doctor for his special work—the repair and restoration of worn-out bodies and minds. Beyond that, his character was such as of itself to serve as an inspiration. He commanded in equal measure respect and affection; and he left a record of devoted service that will long be remembered.

George W. Martin
1951/1952 Century Association Yearbook