Bruce A. Wallin Memorial Rugby Endowment

On December 29th, 2011 FONUR and the NU Rugby community lost one of our dearest friends and academic advisors, Professor Bruce Wallin. Professor Wallin was a champion both on and off the pitch. He was a tremendous individual who made a lifetime of giving both academic knowledge and life-long personal and professional encouragement to anyone that was blessed to know him.

In January of 2012, the Friends of Northeastern Rugby Organization (FONUR) renamed the newly establish NURFC Endowment fund to the Bruce A. Walling Memorial Fund, in honor of Professor Wallin.

“After consulting with Bruce’s family, we felt this was not only appropriate, but the very least that we could do for a man that gave so much of himself to our organization”, says J.P. Bonin, FONUR Board Member. “Bruce truly appreciated and admired the way the sport created life-long friendships, and bridged world-wide associations just by being a part of a rugby club. He was a friend and mentor, an advocate and diplomat. He will be sorely missed.”

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Published in The Boston Globe
January 1, 2012

WALLIN, Bruce A. Of Jamaica Plain, age 63, on December 29, 2011. Bruce is survived by his wife, Vickie, and two daughters, Anne, and Eva, and sister, Barbara Lynch. Bruce was an associate professor of political science at Northeastern University, and taught hundreds of students in American politics and public finance. His dedication and vibrant personality made his classes legendary, and twice he received NU’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Bruce’s book on federal revenue sharing received an award from the American Political Science Association. He was a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic and a visiting professor at Universities in Tokyo and Bangkok. Bruce was active in civic life as co-founder of the West Roxbury Courthouse Neighborhood Association.He also provided political commentary to local media outlets and volunteered as a youth soccer coach.