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Today, an obituary for A. Jon Prusmack is in the NY Times. This posting followed a generous outpouring of sympathy and tributes from the world's rugby community on his passing. Many heartfelt comments appeared on the USA Sevens Facebook page.
An in house memorial remembrance was held last week at United World Sports, the company Jon founded that operates the USA Sevens in Las Vegas, the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship (CRC), Rhino Clothing and Equipment, and www.RugbyToday.com. The latter continued the 44-years of rugby articles and commentary when Jon resurrected "Scrumdown" in 1975 in newspaper form after publishing four issues in a glossy magazine format in 1968 and 1969.
He was always ahead of the curve, mounting creative ideas for sport and business, and, often, combining the two. A significant difference between Jon and other entrepreneurs was his commitment to profitability in the long-term. DRASH, the military shelter company he founded, did not reach the black until after ten-years.
At the USA Sevens events in San Diego and Las Vegas, he welcomed friends and VIPs into the owner's box with gracious exuberance. He was especially delighted to see old Westchester RFC teammates, and former players from Manhattan RFC and the New York RFC who made the trips.
Abroad, he had social and commercial visits to the Italian, Emirates, and English Rugby Federations, and conducted many meetings in Dublin with World Rugby. He became the voice of rugby in America.
United World Sports is planning a memorial to A. Jon Prusmack at this March's USA Sevens.