EPRU News - Special Report - May 3 2017

Remembering Dana Bateman: A Life of Rugby

It is with great sadness that the EPRU announces the passing of Dana Bateman. Dana passed away on Saturday after a courageous battle with cancer. She has been a fixture in the the EPRU for as long as most of us can remember.

She will be dearly missed.

Dana served as a USA Rugby Director for many years and as the MARFU Director representing the EPRU from 1994 to 2001. Most importantly to all of us, Dana served as EPRU Secretary since the 1970s up until her death Saturday.

Dana started her rugby career, unlike so many, as an administrator, working tirelessly for the Bethlehem Hooligans, then the EPRU and ERU, MARFU and eventually USA Rugby.

"The growth of American rugby comes down to the collective effort of individuals, and Dana was one of the most involved and caring members we've had since USA Rugby began in 1975," USA Rugby Chief Executive Officer Dan Payne said. "She served each and every one of us every day for the better part of half a century. There's nothing but admiration and appreciation for her contributions to the game and those whose lives she touched. We wish her family the best in this difficult time."

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