He was born Jan. 31, 1934 in Bloomfield, to Earl E. And Violet (Halderman) Hord.
He attended Worthington-Jefferson High School, Moraine Valley Community College and the University of Virginia. He received and honorary PhD from Saint Xavier University, Chicago on May 17, 1999. He accomplished a 12 year career in the U.S. Army. Spending his first 18 months in Korea and the last of his four years in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Pentagon, under the leadership of General Maxwell Taylor. He was awarded two Bronze Stars and was honorably discharged with the ranking of a Master Sergeant. In 1964, he joined Andrew Corporation, a leaser in wireless technology, Orland Park, IL and spent much of his time traveling to various corporate entities in Scotland, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Texas and California. He was named Vice President and elected to Board of Directors of Andrew Corporation in 1971 until his retirement from the Company in 1989. He also served from 1971 to 1999 as President of the Aileen S. Andrew Foundation a private charitable organization formed in 1945. Through his leadership , the Foundation financially assisted with several building projects such as a public library, village hall, recreation building and police and fire fighting facilities just to name a few, often benefitting the Orland Park area as well as southern Indiana in Worthington. ASAF has also been very instrumental in helping over 800 students pursue their college degrees through the Aileen S. Andrew Foundation Scholarship Program. The foundation is also involved in other areas such as granting contribution to community charitable organizations, universities. Educational projects, and hospitals. From 1999 until the time of his passing he was a Director with the Foundation. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Shriners, and the Elks. He enjoyed stamp collecting, antique cars, golf and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Juanita Andrew Hord, his son , Robert E. Hord, Jr. (Eileen), his daughter. Aileen Hord Daly (Sean), five granddaughters, brother Jack (Velma) Livingston and two sisters Mari Jo (Jim) Noel and Wanda Parker.
A celebration of his life for family and friends will be held this Friday May 15th at the Ridgeway Bar and Grill 1300 3rd Street South from 2-4 p.m.
Memorial contribution in his memory may be made to the Salvation Army 3180 Estey Avenue Naples, FL 34104. or the charity of your choice.