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1963 - Became first Black child to integrate the Alabama Public School system 

1973 - Won City of Huntsville Unrated Chess Championship

1973-1975 - Tennis Team Captain at S. R. Butler High School

1973-1975 - Chess Club President at S. R. Butler High School

1974 - Elected Student Body President at S. R. Butler High School

1975 - High School Diploma, S. R. Butler High School

1979 - Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

1979 - Began career as Software Engineer with General Electric Company, Schenectady, NY

1985 - Master of Science Computer and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

1988 - Founded Triana Youth Tutoring Program, Triana, AL

1992 - Founded University of Notre Dame Alumni Association chapter in Huntsville, AL

1993 - Honored for service to Phillips C.M.E. Church, Huntsville, AL

1994 -Elected to University of Notre Dame Alumni Association National Board of Directors

1994-2011 - Board of Directors Big Brothers – Big Sisters of North Alabama

2013 - Attended March on Washington Film Festival – Sat on a panel for a discussion of “Race Relations – Then and Now” with Congressman John Lewis

2016 - Sonnie Hereford Elementary School named for my father and me 

1986-Present - Participated in many charitable fund-raising activities, including United Way, United Cerebral Palsy, American Heart Association, Leukemia Society, American Cancer Society, Big Brothers – Big Sisters, etc. 

Organizer of Huntsville, Alabama’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade from 1996 through 2011

Children:  Beth Hereford Patin and Catherine Ann Hereford 

Working for Five Stones Research Corporation (Huntsville, AL) as a Senior Systems Engineer

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