October 18, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College was saddened by the news that Athletic Hall of Famer Joe Menard '60 passed away at his residence on Thursday, Oct. 10.


He was the husband of Edith (Davis) Menard. Born in Pawtucket, he was the son of the late Walter and Katherine (Clarke) Menard. Joe was Professor Emeritus at the Community College of RI where he served in the Mathematics Department from 1969-1990.


 After a three-year stint as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division in the U.S. Army, Menard 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 in 2001.


 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 was inducted into RIC's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.


 More important to Joe than any award was his love for his family and the fun he had with his friends. He will always be remembered for his kindness, integrity, and quick wit. Joe is survived by wife of 53 years, his two sons Jim Menard of Connecticut (m. Erica March Menard) and Stephen Menard of Pennsylvania (m. Catherine Montagne). He is also survived by his sister Ann Murtha of California and five grandchildren: Alex, David, Victoria, Andy, and Claire. He was the brother of the late Walter, Ernest, Eugene, Katherine Provost, and Theresa Thibeault.