On May 30, 2008, the real Memorial day, Dr John A. Taddie received the sole service award presented by the Rising Sun American Legion for 60 years of service. The award was presented as a focal point of the Memorial Day ceremonies. It is rare that a serviceman reaches this milestone in service.Taddie is best known in Quarryville as principal of Solanco High School, a post he held for 29 years. During that time, he introduced many forward thinking practices like college credits for courses taught by college professors in the high school, the first Middle School Accreditation for Summer Courses, early graduation and adult evening school, use of computers for scheduling classes, work-study programs, advanced placement courses, open elective subject selection by students and standardized achievement testing.
Also as principal, he belonged to the Lancaster-Lebanon Secondary Principal's Association and was President in 1975. He also was a Chairman of the Conference of Roses Football League, having been a college football player. He retired in 1986 after 35 years of with the Solanco School District.
Taddie is also well known for his service to the community. He was a charter member of the Quarryville Rotary Club, and was its second president. He served a term as Justice of the Peace for Eden Township and was a candidate for the State Senate in 1960 on the ticket with John F Kennedy.
Prior to his presenting for membership at St. Catherine's Church of Sienna, he was an elder and on various committees at St. Paul's United Church of Christ. He is a longtime member of the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge, Quarryville Rod and Gun Club - Potter County and a former member of the Allemande Dance Club and a current member of the Cotillion Dance Club. He is a member of the Tanglewood Golf Club and served as its first president
But it is his service to the United States of America in the Armed Services and service in Germany during the Second World War that started this remarkable term of service.