Daniel Joseph Hereford
born July 1, 1930 passed peacefully of natural causes on May 12, 2018 surrounded by his family. He was born in Ferguson, MO, the fifth of seven children of G. Page and Nell Hereford. He was a graduate of St. Louis University High School and after serving in the Allied Occupying Forces in Japan, graduated from St. Louis University on the GI Bill.
Dan Hereford was an entrepreneur. He had more successes than failures, but treated both the same, and never lost his enthusiasm for or confidence in buying and selling companies and acquiring real estate. He was a visionary founder of the fledgling indoor tennis industry in the 1960’s, and after proving the concept with St. Louis Indoor Tennis Club, built additional successful clubs in St. Louis, Kansas City and Indiana.
He was an avid and committed golfer and collected on many a bet due to a devastating short game. He also excelled at the 19thhole and gin rummy and betting on pro football. He loved interesting, quick-witted people from any background, and he loved to laugh, debate and drink Bud Light. He was not PC, but he was authentic. He was inquisitive, opinionated, highly educated and a voracious reader of English history, a true product of his Jesuit upbringing.
Mostly Dan Hereford loved his children and grandchildren, and their friends. He instilled in all of them a sense of purpose and a sense of humor. He is survived by his three children: Ellen Thompson (Ches Thompson) of Denver. Colorado; Page Hereford (Fonda) of St. Louis and John Hereford (Andrea Dukakis) of Denver, Colorado, and seven grandchildren.
Private memorial service.