September 14, 2011



Providence, RI-Rhode Island College was saddened to learn of the passing of Athletic Hall of Famer John Veader '57 who died of a heart attack today. Calling hours will be held on Sunday with a funeral to follow on Monday.


Veader was recently recognized by the honorable, Gordon D. Fox, Speaker of the House, and the Rhode Island House of Representatives at a reception held in the House Chamber at the Rhode Island State House on Monday, May 2. Veader received the Rhode Island College Distinguished Athletic Alumnus Award.




Veader came to the Rhode Island College of Education in the fall of 1953 after graduating from East Providence High School in hopes of pursuing a career as a history teacher.  Mr. Veader recalls, “A teacher of mine in high school, Jim Greene, was a godfather figure to me and he urged me to pursue a career in teaching, and RIC was the place to go.”


During his playing days for the Townies, he played football, hockey and baseball. As an undergraduate at R.I.C.E., he didn’t have many athletic options. The only sports offered were soccer and basketball, so he signed on for both.  Veader played four years in soccer as a goalkeeper and four years of hoops as a guard. Although he wasn’t experienced in soccer, Head Coach Bob Brown thought enough of Veader to put him in as the starting goalie. He responded by earning All-New England honors from his sophomore through senior campaigns.


 After earning his bachelor’s degree in education in 1957, he returned to East Providence where he was a social studies teacher for the next 35 years. He served as the social studies department head for 35 years up until his retirement in 1992. He earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Rhode Island in 1966.


 He kept active in coaching, despite having Lou Gehrig’s disease. The Townies have been one of the premier Division I high school football programs in the state, winning a number of state championships. He was inducted into the Rhode Island Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Rhode Island College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.


 Veader resided in Barrington, Rhode Island with his wife Lee. He has two boys: Andrew and Mark, as well as a stepdaughter Aimee’.