Peabody native posthumously inducted into Southwestern Hall of Fame

Peabody native Verlin L. Hoberecht, deceased, was one of three Southwestern College alumni inducted Nov. 12 into the SC Natural Science Hall of Fame.

The hall of fame honors alumni who have made significant contributions to the science world.

Hoberecht, a 1951 SC graduate, began in 1960 his career at IBM, where he developed programming methods needed to process and handle graphic information.

Hoberecht became manager of the graphic systems architecture department in 1969. He was responsible for defining systems guidelines and communication protocols and data stream for the IBM 3270 display system, the most popular display terminal until the proliferation of the Windows-based PC.

In 1976, Hoberecht was awarded the prestigious IBM Outstanding Contribution and Invention Award for inventing the basis systems networking architecture concepts.

Other hall-of-fame inductees were E. Keith Hege of Tucson, Ariz., and Ray A. Waller of Wichita.

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