Grad Year: 1960
Year Inducted: 2005
After a three-year stint as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division in the U.S. Army, Joe Menard ’60 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 College’s current Mt. Pleasant location
Menard started every game as a goalkeeper on RIC’s men’s soccer team for three seasons from 1957-60 and also played junior varsity basketball where he was a guard. After earning his bachelor’s 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.
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 ’59. The couple has two sons: Jim and Steve and five grandchildren.