After his service obligation, Pat left the military and entered the MS degree program at Virginia Tech in 1974 to pursue his interest in computers. After degree completion he had a 35-year career in information technology, working for Shell Oil, Coca-Cola, Accenture and AT&T. During his career he saw firsthand the dramatic change that occurred in computing technology. He was a hands-on participant in bringing about that change, with roles in analysis, project management and IT management. Now retired, he enjoys the “non-tech” activities of walking, hiking, fitness workouts, reading, and travel. He and his wife are blessed to have their two children and three grandchildren living nearby.
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- Let’s Go Skiing – 1986I love skiing and look forward to a ski trip every winter. But, that wasn’t always the case. For many years, I had an intense dislike of […]
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- Predicting Year 2000 – 1989Recently, I was looking for something, rummaging through some storage boxes in the basement. Before I found what I was looking for, I ran across an old work […]