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Byron Charles Vedder, American newspaper executive. Recipient Silver Beaver award Boy Scouts American, 1959; named Boss of Year Champaign-Urbana chapter National Secretaries Association, 1958; Distinguished Service to Journalism award University Minnesota, 1979, Distinguished Service award Inland Press Association, 1991; James E. West fellow Boy Scouts of America award, 1995.


Vedder, Byron Charles was born on February 9, 1910 in Adrian, Michigan, United States. Son of Adelbert and Adah (Dibble) Vedder.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan, 1933.


Graduate manager student publications, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1933-1934;with, Champaign-Urbana (Illinois) Courier, 1934-1964;public, Champaign-Urbana (Illinois) Courier, 1960-1964;vice president operations, Lindsay-Schaub Newspapers, Inc., 1964-1975;vice president planning, Lindsay-Schaub Newspapers, Inc., 1975-1979;vice president, Sun Coast Media Inc., since 1979;secretary, Pasco Public Inc., 1981-1986. Board directors Commercial Savings & Loan Association, Urbana, vice president, 1975-1976, chairman, 1977-1983. Board directors Mutual Home and Savings, 1983-1986.


Member Arrowhead council executive board Boy Scouts American, since 1951, president, 1960-1964. Member President's Committee Traffic Safety, 1954-1958. Member Inland Daily Press Association (board directors 1950-1953, president 1954, chairman 1955, Distinguished Service award 1991), Center States Circulation Managers Association (president 1944-1946), Illinois Daily Newspaper Markets Association (president 1962-1963, chairman 1963-1964), American Newspaper Publications Association (committee chairman), Urbana Association Commerce (vice president 1946), Campus Business Men's Association (board directors), Champaign C. of Chamber (board directors 1955-1957, International Circulation Manufacturers Association (honorary), University Illinois Quarterback Club (honorary life).

Club: Urbana Country, Champaign Country. Lodge: Kiwanis (lieutenant governor 1951, director, Kiwanian of Year 1971, president 1978).


Married Kathleen Fry, June 20, 1936 (deceased 1960). Children: Richard Kent, Robert Allen. Married Helen Cochrane, December 16, 1976.

Adelbert Vedder

Adah (Dibble) Vedder

Kathleen Fry

Helen Cochrane

Richard Kent Vedder

Robert Allen Vedder