Herbert and Anita (Cavagnaro) Ford of Angwin will be celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary on Sept. 7, but they will be 5,000 miles apart on their anniversary date.
Anita will be with friends at their Angwin home, and Herbert will be stepping ashore from a ship to do research on Pitcairn Island, one of the world’s most remote spots, in the South Pacific Ocean.
The Fords were married on Sept. 7, 1952, in Berkeley. They have lived in Angwin for 33 years, with an earlier residence in the Howell Mountain community for a few years in the 1950s.
Anita is a piano teacher in the Paulin Center for the Creative Arts on the campus of Pacific Union College. Earlier, she taught piano in La Crescenta in Southern California. Both Anita and Herbert were students at PUC in the 1950s and hold degrees from the college. Before and during her college student days, Anita trained under the well-known San Francisco Bay Area piano teacher Alexander Leibermann.
Herbert directs the Pitcairn Islands Study Center at PUC. Before his first retirement in 1989, he served as vice president for advancement and alumni relations of the college, and earlier was a professor of journalism and public relations, retiring with the rank of emeritus professor of journalism.
After college graduation, for a quarter of a century Herbert was in administrative service with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Before his college years, he served during World War II in the U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Army Air Corps, and during the Korean Conflict with the U.S. Air Force.
They are the parents of Jana Aagaard, an attorney with Catholic Healthcare West, living in Carmichael; Cynthia Evans, an elementary school teacher, who lives in Visalia; and Alyssa Ford-Morel, who is vice president of Pathway Homes in Fairfax, Va., and lives in nearby Arlington, Va. They have four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.