Graduate, Deerfield Academy, 1937. AB, Amherst College, 1941. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1947.
Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1953.
Commercial representative, Detroit Edison Company, 1941-1942; lecturer, Hunter College, 1946-1947; instructor, Amherst College, 1948-1952; chief American history research center, Wisconsin History Society, 1952-1954; professor, head department history and political science, Butler U., Indianapolis, 1954-1984; McGregor professor of history, Butler U., Indianapolis, 1987-1989; McGregor professor of history emeritus, Butler U., Indianapolis, since 1989. Fulbright senior scholar U. Southampton, England, 1961-1962. Visiting professor Indiana U., 1967-1969.
(Vetch's life illustrates the problems that arose in shapi...)
(A military history of the western frontier.)
(Edited with an Introduction by George M. Waller)
Member Indiana American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, 1971-1982. Lieutenant commander of The United States Navy Reserve, 1943-1946. Member Indiana Academy Social Sciences (president 1983), Indiana Museum Society (past president), International Platform Association, Butler Alumni Association (Butler medal 1998), Phi Beta Kappa (past president Indiana chapter), Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta.
Married Martha Huntington Stifler, October 16, 1943. Children: Susan, Marguerite, Elizabeth, Donald, Richard.