Tom Forrester Lord

  • Received Bachelor of Arts degree from SMU in 1960, with high honors
  • Elected to PHI BETA KAPPA and Blue Key
  • Received Master of Divinity from Yale in 1963
  • Received Beebe Prize for outstanding promise
  • Received Master of Arts from Yale in 1965
  • Political Theory and International Organization


From July 1965 to February 1967, Mr. Lord was the Analyst in Housing and Urban Affairs for Congressional Research Service, an organization designed to serve the research needs of the U.S. Congress. During this period, Mr. Lord worked on legislation for the Rent Supplement and Model Cities Programs.

From February 1967 to November 1967, Mr. Lord served as Assistant Director of Urban America, Inc. a private organization supported by the Ford Foundation in Washington, D.C. In this capacity he aided in the establishment of private housing development corporations in Detroit, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Buffalo, and Corpus Christi. In May 1967, Mr. Lord was invited by the Mayor’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Housing to determine the feasibility of a housing development corporation.


Mr. Lord has taught housing management courses at Texas Southern University, housing law at the University of Houston, and is a lecturer at Rice University’s College of Architecture.


Decent Housing: A Promise To Keep, Schenkman Publishing Co., Cambridge, 1977.