Floyd Thomas Fordham was born in Claybanks Township, Oceana County, Michigan on November 14, 1920. Floyd attended Flower Creek School in Claybanks and graduated from Montague High School. He graduated from Michigan State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a teaching certificate. Floyd was a dedicated teacher, teaching science and math at Fuhrmann Middle School in Warren, Michigan for over twenty years. Having been born on a farm and having worked the soil for many years to obtain money for college, he knew and appreciated the outdoors. His science classes were enriched by his knowledge of nature. The school district owned a wooded tract by the school. Floyd single-handedly developed the area into a nature center by identifying and labeling the trees and wild flowers and cutting paths. On October 8, 1990, Floyd’s work was formally recognized with an official ceremony dedicating the center to him. "The Floyd T. Fordham Nature Center" is maintained by the science department and hopefully will continue to inspire students and visitors to appreciate nature as much as he did. Floyd maintained a home on Harsens Island, moving there to escape the busy life of the city. He was an avid sportsman, enjoying classical music, and bowling. Upon his untimely death, his fine collection of classical music, totaling over 1500 recordings, was donated to the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Floyd died 1981. He never married.
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