Former Ford engineer dies at age of 94
A former Ford engineer who worked on the F-150 and Lincoln MKZ cars died on Thursday at age 94, according to the Detroit News.
Richard Sperling, who had been with Ford since the 1980s, died after complications of heart disease, the newspaper reported.
He had been working as an engineering and safety engineer for the automaker.
He was a native of Detroit and had previously worked for the Chrysler Group.
He served as vice president of safety, safety performance and automation at Ford, according the Detroit news.
Sperled’s family did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
His father, Frank Sperlings, was a Ford engineer for nearly 30 years, according a family statement.
“Richard was a great engineer, and the people of Ford have lost a great father,” the statement read.
“The entire family is grieving his loss and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Sperlings, who also worked on Lincoln MK-Z and Mercury Cougar, was the son of former Ford chief engineer Frank Saperlings.
He left Ford in 2000 to join GM in Detroit.
He went on to work at General Motors, where he led the engineering team that created the Chevrolet Corvette.
His son was named the first vice president and senior vice president at GM.