At the time of his enrollment in the University he thought
he would pursue law, but since he liked math and physics he
chose in his third year to major in physics. World War II
changed life at the University and Hereford stopped his academic
pursuits to work on various projects, one with an atomic bomb
and another with guided missiles. Although the war years were
lean and serious, 1945 and the end of the War brought back
life and parties to the campus. Hereford didn't miss opportunities
to visit Sweetbriar College (an all women's school) and it
was there he met his wife Ann. Hereford was an associate sports
editor for "College Topics" (the forerunner of the
Cavalier Daily), he worked on Corks and Curls and was active
in the Inter-Fraternity Council during his tenure as a student
at UVa. After his undergraduate education at the University
Hereford returned to pursue his Ph.D. in physics. He then
conducted research in cosmic rays at the Bartol Research Foundation,
a lab in Pennsylvania, before being offered an assistant professorship
in physics at UVa for the fall of 1949. He taught until 1966
when he then served for five years as the University's provost.
He resigned in 1971 so he could return to teaching and research.
He taught and researched for three years and then was offered
the position of University President. He asked for a week
to deliberate the offer and discuss it with his wife - it
was a difficult decision for him because of his desire to
remain in the classroom, but ultimately he felt he couldn't
say 'no' since it was his own university asking him to be
president. He took office in September of 1974.
According to Frank Hereford one of his main resoponsibilities
as President was securing funds for the University. This of
course meant an enormous amount of entertaining. He and his
wife Ann sometimes entertained three or four times a week.
Ann helped ease the burden this might have been for Frank
because as an acquaintance recalled, "Just get Ann Hereford
sitting at a big dinner table where no one knows each other
and they'll all be talking together non-stop in five minutes."
Ann's skill in entertaining was in part due to her incredible
memory - she was not only good at remembering faces, but also
names, spouse's names, children's names, interests and accomplishments.
Ann Hereford was raised in Washington, D.C. and attended school
at Gunston Hall and Mount Vernon Seminary before leaving to
attend school at Sweetbriar College. She finished two years
at Sweetbriar College before she married Frank at age 19.
While Frank was at the Bartol Research Foundation, she completed
her junior year at Swarthmore. Upon Frank's return to join
the faculty at UVa, Ann enrolled and graduated from UVa with
a bachelor's degree in education.
(Katie Couric, The Cavalier Daily, November 30, 1977.
Libby Wilson, The Charlottesville Daily Progress, May 22,