Alan Ford (died 3 November 2008) is one of swimming’s all-time greats. Born in Panama City, he moved to Sarasota from Midland, Michigan and graduated from Yale University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1945. He also served as an Ensign in the US Navy during World War II.
During his prep and university careers, Ford held numerous national and world swimming records. While at Yale University, Ford broke Johnny Weissmuller's world record in the 100-yard freestyle. His most prominent record was breaking the 50-second barrier for the 100-yard freestyle. Ford made a comeback after the war to win a silver medal in the 1948 London Olympic Games.
Ford was elected to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1966.