About Seeds of Humanity Foundation

Pat Locke, Founder

Pat Locke, Founder

Pat Walker Locke is originally from Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Mumford High School in 1973. In the summer of 1974, she enlisted as an Army Communication Specialist and was assigned to Fort Polk, Louisiana. In 1976, the Army selected her to attend the United States Military Academy Preparatory School and the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.

In 1980, Pat graduated from West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Pat was in the first class to graduate women and by Order of Merit, she is the first African-American woman to graduate from West Point. There were only two African American Women in the first West Point Class with women, numbering 938. Joy Dallas was also first, graduating as the first African American Woman by Cullum Number.

Pat served in many leadership positions worldwide before retiring from the Army in 1995. Closely following her retirement, she continued to serve as a Army Family Team Building Program Master Trainer. She served as co-chair for the West Point Leadership and Ethics Conference at George Mason University for six years. She works with the United States Military Academy as the liaison for the West Point Leadership Ethics and Diversity in STEM (LEADS) Program, which the Toyota Foundation supports, and has served over 3,500 students and educators in cities and states across the nation, to include Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta, NYC, San Antonia, Chicago, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indianapolis, Jackson and Washington DC. Pat has had the privilege of presenting to the Toyota Corporation at the Ann Arbor Office with “A/V feeds” to several other Toyota Locations in other states. Pat is also a practitioner of “future” leader development, coaching and mentoring ACT/SAT, Academic and Professional Readiness.

Mrs. Locke has a Master’s of Science in Education from Loyola College and a Master’s of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University.

Pat is Founder and President of the Seeds of Humanity Foundation, supporting under represented communities in leadership, ethics, STEM education and development. She is a 2013 recipient of the Golden Torch Award from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). She has been inducted into the Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame; received the Key to the City of Detroit; and is the Co-Author of the book, The Power of Civility. She is the Ethics Chair for Rotary District 7610, is a Rotary Leadership Institute Instructor, Past President for the Rotary Club of Springfield, VA, and is currently the Club’s Youth Chairman. She was honored with the Wings To Succeed Award from the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) on October 1, 2016. She is also the Women of Color in STEM Visionary Award Recipient and received the award on October 15, 2016.

Pat resides in Springfield, VA with her husband of 30 years, Michael Locke (Army Colonel, Retired) and has a daughter, Second Lieutenant Sarah Locke, West Point Class of 2015, who serves at Fort Leavenworth, KS.

West Point Oral History: Pat Locke (This starts off slow; about an hour):

View the video on the Westpoint website

View the video on the Westpoint website