Henry Babcock Veatch, Jr. was born August 26, 1911 in Evansville, IN. After graduating high school, Veatch attended Harvard, where he received his A.B. (summa cum laude), M.A. and Ph.D.
Professor Veatch came to the Philosophy Department at Indiana University in 1937 as an instructor. In 1941 he was named Assistant Professor and was named Full Professor in 1952.
Veatch received many awards and honors during his time at IU. In 1954 he became the first recipient of the Frederick Bachman Lieber Award for Distinguished Teaching. He was popular with his students and he was awarded the Sigma Delta Chi "Brown Derby " Award for most popular professor. In 1961 he was named Distinguished Service Professor.
Veatch left IU in 1965 for Northwestern University where he remained until 1973, at which time he accepted a position at Georgetown. There Veatch served as Department Chairman from 1973 to 1976. He retired as a Distinguished Professor in 1983 and returned to Bloomington.
Prof. Veatch was a well known Aristotelian scholar and published several books and countless articles. Among his books are Rational Man: A Modern Interpretation of Aristotelian Ethics (1961), Human Rights: Fact or Fancy (1985), and Swimming Against the Current in Contemporary Philosophy (1990).