Virginia Nash Vetter and Richard C. Vetter, Sr.

Virginia Nash Vetter ’90SVC and Richard C. Vetter, Sr.


Richard and Virginia Vetter firmly believed in the transformative power of a Catholic and Vincentian education. The Vetters sent their six children to St. John’s University, and the Vetter children have since endowed three scholarships at the University—one honoring their mother, one in honor of their father, and one on behalf of themselves—in gratitude for their Catholic education. All 11 of Mr. and Mrs. Vetter’s grandchildren attended Catholic elementary and high schools as well.

Mr. Vetter passed away on January 8, 2011, and Mrs. Vetter passed away on January 29, 2019.

Mr. Vetter became a New York City police officer after serving in the US Army during the Korean War. He retired after more than 20 years of service as a sergeant in the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn, NY. A dedicated father and grandfather, he was married for more than 50 years to the former Virginia Nash.

Mrs. Vetter raised their six children at home while also working several part-time jobs, eventually graduating summa cum laude from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990. She later worked as an Executive Assistant at St. John’s School of Law, and as an Assistant to the Principal at Sacred Heart Academy in Hempstead, NY.