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John M. Dederich ‘Johnny D’ Veterans Endowed Scholarship



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John was a decorated war veteran and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1963 to 1966. After losing both legs in the Vietnam War, John's spirit for life did not waiver. He became a proud alumnus of UW-Green Bay in 1973 and later served as manager of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena for 30 years. Dederich was a major advocate for veterans' causes and, as president of Friends of Brown County Veterans Inc., was instrumental in having the monument erected near the Arena in 2003. He was well known to many on campus and especially Phoenix Athletics for his leadership of the Arena. John passed away unexpectedly in 2010 but continues to inspire those who knew him. This scholarship was established in his memory by the Green Bay Chapter of Wings Over Wisconsin, a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to natural resource preservation and education through youth and community involvement.