John A. Padden Jr.
John A. Padden Jr.
Hometown: New York, NY
Team: Basketball

John A. "Jack" Padden '41
Hometown: New York, NY
Sport:
Basketball
Year Inducted: 1983

John A. "Jack" Padden '41 played a key role in basketball'sgolden era at Brown and has remained highly supportive of all itscoaches and teams since graduation. In the four years between 1939and 1942, the Bears won 53 games, lost 27, captured a N.E. title,and participated in the first NCAA Basketball Tournament. JackPadden, a 6-2, 180-pound forward, first achieved success whileplaying for the McBurney School in New York City, where he was atwo-time captain and was twice elected to the All-New York privateschool team. The success of Brown basketball in the late 1930s andearly 1940s can be traced to the presence of Harry Platt, thefinest player Brown had produced up to that time, and an excellentfreshman team that went 11-1 in 1937-38 and even defeated thevarsity in an exhibition game. Jack Padden was a member of that Cubteam, along with Fran "Tank" Wilson, George Fisher, Bob Person, andGeorge Davis. Brown's 1938-39 varsity was a perfect blend ofseasoned veterans such as Capt. George Truman, Harry Platt, LenCampbell, and the sophomore contingent led by Jack Padden. Noprevious Brown team had boasted such talent, and the main problemfacing Coach Eck Allen, as he moved up from the freshman ranks, wasfinding the right combination and getting it to function smoothly.After losing early-season games to a powerful Army team and URI inKingston, Brown ran off eleven consecutive victories, includingDuke (41-33), Rutgers (58-35), and URI (53-37) in a return match atMarvel Gym that drew national attention because of Brown'ssuccessful defense against a Ram team that had been averaging about80 points a game. Brown was named N.E. champion and representedthis area in the first NCAA hoop tourney, losing 40-32 toVillanova, the Middle Atlantic champion. Jack Padden was the team'ssecond leading scorer on this fine team. "Jack was the epitome ofthe well-rounded basketball player," Harry Platt said recently. "Hewas deadly accurate with his two-handed set shot from outside, andif the defensive man closed up, swish, Jack was past him for aneasy lay-up. And defensively, he was one of the best around at thattime. He could really blanket a man." Jack Padden also possessedgreat leadership ability, serving as president of the Brown Key,treasurer of his senior class, and co-captain of the 1940-41basketball team. He and Nancy have five children, three of whomattended Brown - Andy '66, Sally '71 MAT, and Nancy '76. Jack isthe retired president of John A. Padden Co. of Garden City, NY.