Alumni News

Nate Brakeley ‘12 Eagles Debut

The DRFC would like to send our enthusiastic congratulations to former Co-Captain Nate Brakeley ‘12 for earning his first cap as a USA Eagle this month. Brakeley got the nod at Number Six and helped the Eagles earn their first victory in the American Rugby Championship against Canada on February 13.  Brakeley’s former coach Alex Magleby, who also serves as the Director of Performance for USA Rugby, was pleased to see Brakeley competing on the international stage: “Great to see this legend, Nate Brakeley, performing at the top level. Former Dartmouth co-captain, engineer, Phi Beta Kappa, All-American, Cambridge Blue, and now US Eagle. Nate is an intelligent player, exceedingly hard worker, and, well, just a quality grinder.” Brakeley had this to say on the experience: “I couldn't be more honored and humbled to continue the tradition of Eagles from the DRFC. It's been an incredible journey for me, and considering I've played 8 of my 12 years of rugby under Dartmouth coaches, it's impossible to understate the impact the Big Green tradition has had on me.” Congrats Nate- keep up the great work!  


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Earl W. Glazier, Jr. DRFC Class of 1959, of Buckingham, PA passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family on Friday, November 27, 2015. Earl was 78 years old. He was the beloved husband of late Kathryn and is survived by his loving children, Earl III, Wendy Brainard, and Matthew, and his son in-law Bob Brainard,  daughters in-law Marie and Page, and 4 grandchildren.

Earl was a graduate of William Penn Charter School, Dartmouth College, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. As a member of the historic Dartmouth rugby team that invaded London in December 1958, Earl was part of the first U.S. college team to go to England and play the Brits at the game they "invented" in 1823.  That 1958/1959 team was also the first U.S. team to play under the banner of President Eisenhower's "People to People Sports Program", a program that was created to generate international goodwill through sports (and a program that still exists today, some 57 years later). Earl remained a loyal and generous supporter of Dartmouth Rugby throughout his life.

Earl also served as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps which was followed by an executive career in International Banking. His chosen career path allowed him to live in and experience many countries where he developed deep and lasting friendships. Private services in honor of his life and memory will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church of Solebury, PA on December 12. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in his memory to Doylestown Health or to the Friends of Dartmouth Men’s Rugby.

Earl Glazier '59.

Earl Glazier '59.

Joe Bishop 1978, Obituary

Joseph W. Bishop, III, Class of 1978, passed away on January 24, 2016.  While at Dartmouth, Joe was a dedicated member of the Rugby Club.  He played a tenacious second row and reveled both in playing the game and belonging to the club.  Throughout his life he was always loyal to the DRFC.  Whenever his travel schedule permitted it, Joe attended games and cheered for the team. 

After college Joe obtained a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wyoming.  While there he continued to play rugby.  His professional career working on electrical utility systems took him all over the world.  He found satisfaction in the work and enjoyed the travel.  Professionally, he was most proud of his time in Iraq following the Second Gulf War.  There, at considerable personal peril, Joe helped rebuild the devastated electrical infrastructure, often in remote and dangerous locations.

He was heavily involved in humanitarian work and was a member of the Advisory Board of Injustice Anywhere, a group that highlights wrongful convictions and advocates for wrongly convicted persons.  He was well known and much appreciated for his work on the Amanda Knox case.  Joe was always a giver. 

Joe was a loyal son of Dartmouth, a dedicated member of the DRFC, a good friend and a fine person.  His teammates will miss him and have made a contribution to the DRFC in his memory.