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Friends of Northeastern University Rugby – “FONUR”
Friends of Northeastern University Rugby “FONUR” are committed to the advancement of the sport of rugby at Northeastern University. FONUR will function as a mediator, adviser, organizer, and fundraiser for the Northeastern rugby playing student body and alumni network.
Goals of FONUR are to promote a premier collegiate rugby program that competes on a national level annually, assist in providing coaching for the program, develop and maintain an inner-city youth rugby program within Boston, establish a monetary endowment for the benefit of Northeastern men’s rugby program and engage the Northeastern rugby alumni network.
FONUR will endeavor to promote and support the highest level of leadership, teamwork, character and professionalism that are requisite for life success of members of the society.
The FONUR Board of Directors are:
Chairman, Jon Hagan, ’97
George Johnson, ’82
Dave Wedge, ’99
Robert Casolaro “Polo” ’98
J.P. Bonin “Boone”, ’94
Ryan Naismith, ’10
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.”