Introduction of Rudy Fobert, presented by Kevin Quisumbing, Class of 2019 and Football and Track & Field Team member
One of eight Fobert children who grew up in East Boston, Rudy Fobert was one of the most versatile and talented athletes in the history of Jumbo Athletics. Rudy excelled in Baseball, Football, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track, and he somehow managed to earn 12 varsity letters in three years. Had freshmen been eligible at the time, he probably would have earned 16!
It wasn’t unusual for Rudy to play two sports in a day during the spring. He played outfield for the 1950 Tufts baseball team that will be inducted later this evening, and often after baseball practice, Rudy would run up to the Oval to jump and sprint for Ding Dussault’s track team.
At the conclusion of his Tufts career, Fish Ellis himself - who coached Rudy in football - declared Rudy to be Tufts’ Greatest Athlete.
Rudy signed with the Boston Braves after Tufts, but then returned to Tufts to earn a master’s degree. This led to a career in academia, eventually becoming the Superintendent of Schools in Lexington, Massachusetts and President of the Massachusetts School Superintendents Association. He was a pioneer of the Metco Program that expands educational opportunities, increases diversity, and reduces racial isolation by permitting Boston students to attend public schools in other communities. And he remained dedicated to his alma matter, serving five years as a Trustee at Tufts and as Chairman of the Alumni Council.
Tufts legend John Baronian had this to say about Rudy: “He was the best-coordinated athlete I’ve ever seen. He was also quiet, modest and unassuming. He had the respect of everyone who knew him.”
Upon Rudy’s untimely death in 1978 at the age of 51, Tufts Athletics established an annual student-athlete award in Rudy’s honor – the Rudy Fobert Award – that recognizes the best overall athletic and academic performance of the year.