Grad Year: 1957
Year Inducted: 2005
John Veader ’57 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. “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,” Veader remembers, “and RIC was the place to go.”
During his playing days for the Townies, he played football, hockey and baseball. Now as an undergraduate at R.I.C.E., Veader didn’t have many athletic options. “The only sports offered were soccer and basketball. In order to keep my competitive juices flowing, I 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. Veader responded by earning All-New England honors from his sophomore through senior campaigns.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in education in 1957, Veader 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.
Veader has kept active in coaching, serving as an assistant football coach for the past 42 years. He’s currently the quarterbacks coach at East Providence High School, a position he’s held for the past ten years. The Townies have been the Rhode Island Div. I State Champions four of the past six seasons. He was inducted into the Rhode Island Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997.
Veader resides in Barrington, Rhode Island with his wife Lee. He has two boys: Andrew and Mark, as well as a stepdaughter Aimee’ .