Walter W. Fordham, a retired pastor, evangelist, administrator, and General Conference departmental leader, died October 27, 1998, in Pine Forge, Pennsylvania, after a long illness. He was 87 years old.
Born on October 20, 1911, in Charleston, South Carolina, Fordham began his ministry in the New Jersey Conference. He later pastored in Pennsylvania, Florida, and other Southern states, where he became known as a spokesperson for racial equality.
In 1946 Fordham became secretary and evangelist for the Southwestern Union Conference. He later became the first president of the Southwest Region Conference. He also served as president for the South Central and Central State conferences before joining the General Conference as associate director of the (old) Regional Department in 1966. Fordham became department director in 1975 and served until he retired in 1979. In this position Fordham played a major role in the development of the Adventist Church’s official position on human relations.
Adventist Review, January 28, 1999, pg. 23