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Maxie L. Patterson

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Police Officer
City Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/12/1944
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Police Officer
City Government Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/12/1944
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Maxie (Max) L. Patterson was born on June 12, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan to Myra and Harry Patterson. He was active in the science club, the marching band and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant in the ROTC. He graduated from Munford High School in 1962 and enrolled in Ferris State College, which he attended for two years. After leaving college, Patterson worked for the Ford Motor Company.

Patterson enlisted in the United States Army in 1967 and was assigned to counterintelligence. He is a decorated Vietnam War veteran and is retired from the United States Army Reserve with the rank of Chief Warrant Officer.

Patterson returned to college after the military. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in public administration in 1973 and 1977 from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. While attending Michigan State University, Patterson worked for the police department. In 1976, he was offered a job as the Police Chief of Albion, Michigan. Three years later, in 1979, he became the Police Chief of Windsor, Connecticut. After seven years, Patterson was persuaded to accept a position as Assistant City Manager of Beaumont, Texas, where he also served as the city’s Coordinator of the Minority Business Enterprise Program until 1989.

Patterson moved to Houston, Texas in 1989 to become Deputy Chief Administrative Officer. In 1991, he was appointed as interim Director of Housing and Community Development. From July 1992 to 1995, Patterson served as the Deputy Director and City Treasurer and ultimately was appointed City Treasurer. He worked as the fiduciary of the city’s three pension systems. In 1997, Patterson was hired as Executive Director of Houston’s Firefighter’s Retirement Fund until 2005 when he became the Executive Director of Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems.

Patterson lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Deborah. They have four children.

Patterson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 9, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Maxie L. Patterson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Maxie L. Patterson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Maxie L. Patterson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Maxie L. Patterson describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Maxie L. Patterson describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Maxie L. Patterson lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Maxie L. Patterson remembers shopping with his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Maxie L. Patterson describes his mother's career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Maxie L. Patterson describes his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Maxie L. Patterson remembers the apartment building his father owned
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Maxie L. Patterson describes his schooling in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Maxie L. Patterson describes his neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Maxie L. Patterson recalls P.J.M. Halley Elementary School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Maxie L. Patterson describes his early pastimes
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Maxie L. Patterson recalls his elementary schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Maxie L. Patterson recalls the Trinity Youth Center band
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Maxie L. Patterson describes his early education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Maxie L. Patterson remembers Samuel C. Mumford High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Maxie L. Patterson recalls his college aspirations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Maxie L. Patterson remembers Ferris State College in Big Rapids, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Maxie L. Patterson recalls working at the Ford Motor Company
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Maxie L. Patterson remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Maxie L. Patterson remembers leaving Ferris State College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Maxie L. Patterson recalls his enlistment in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Maxie L. Patterson talks about his leadership positions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Maxie L. Patterson describes his role as a counterintelligence agent in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Maxie L. Patterson recalls his basic training at Fort Knox in Kentucky
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Maxie L. Patterson remembers his father's death
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Maxie L. Patterson remembers leaving the Ford Motor Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Maxie L. Patterson recalls his decision not to become a helicopter pilot
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Maxie L. Patterson remembers his counterintelligence training
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Maxie L. Patterson recalls his admission to Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Maxie L. Patterson describes his counterintelligence duties in Vietnam
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Maxie L. Patterson describes the U.S. military's Phoenix Program
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Maxie L. Patterson remembers his U.S. military promotion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Maxie L. Patterson talks about the U.S. Army's domestic intelligence programs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Maxie L. Patterson remembers Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Maxie L. Patterson recalls becoming the police chief of Albion, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Maxie L. Patterson remembers serving as the police chief of Windsor, Connecticut
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Maxie L. Patterson describes his community involvement in Albion, Michigan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Maxie L. Patterson remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Maxie L. Patterson describes his religious activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Maxie L. Patterson talks about his membership in professional organizations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Maxie L. Patterson recalls working in the City of Beaumont, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Maxie L. Patterson describes his affirmative action work in the City of Beaumont
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Maxie L. Patterson recalls working in the finance department of the City of Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Maxie L. Patterson recalls managing pension plans for the City of Houston
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Maxie L. Patterson talks about the Enron Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Maxie L. Patterson remembers the Enron Corporation's bankruptcy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Maxie L. Patterson describes the Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Maxie L. Patterson talks about his interest in singing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Maxie L. Patterson describes his volunteer activities
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Maxie L. Patterson talks about the American Red Cross
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Maxie L. Patterson talks about officiating football games
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Maxie L. Patterson describes his children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Maxie L. Patterson talks about his awards and honors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Maxie L. Patterson shares a message to future generations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Maxie L. Patterson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Maxie L. Patterson narrates his photographs