After a three-year stint as a member of the 82nd Airborne
Division in the U.S. Army, Joe Menard í60 came to R.I.C.E. in
1956. The Pawtucket native attended classes for two years at the old
campus site, where the Providence Place Mall is now located, and spent
the next two years at the Collegeís current Mt. Pleasant location.
Menard started every game as a goalkeeper on RICís
menís soccer team for three seasons from 1957-60 and also played
junior varsity basketball where he was a guard. After earning his
bachelorís degree in education, he returned to RIC and earned his
M.Ed. in 1964.
He began a long career as an educator, first as a
mathematics teacher in the Pawtucket school system from 1964-69 before
moving on to the Community College of Rhode Island where he spent the
next 21 years as a mathematics professor. Along the way, Menard earned
his doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University (FL) in
1976. He retired from CCRI in 1990 and was awarded Professor Emeritus
His love of athletics has never waned as he begins his
41st year as a swimming official with the Rhode Island
Interscholastic League (R.I.I.L.) this fall.
Menard received the Rhode Island College Alumni of the
Year Award in 1977 and was inducted into the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall
of Fame in 1997.
He resides in Riverside, Rhode Island with his wife
Edith í59. The couple has two sons: Jim and Steve and five