October 14, 2010

UMBC Athletics Mourns the Loss of Administrator/Hall of Famer Gary Rupert

UMBC Athletics mourns the passing of Gary Rupert, who was a treasured member of the department from 1977-1989 and a member of its Hall of Fame.  

Mr. Rupert passed away on Oct. 12 after a brief illness in Carroll County, Md.

The former head basketball coach at Johns Hopkins University came to UMBC in 1977 as an assistant director of athletics. He was promoted to associate director in 1980 and briefly served as acting director from 1988-89.

Mr. Rupert then worked in the UMBC Office of Institutional Advancement for over 15 years before retiring in 2004.  Under his leadership, both the alumni and faculty/staff fundraising campaigns exceeded their goals, with the faculty/staff campaign raising over $1 million in 2004. After his retirement, he continued to be an active member of the UMBC community, serving as a consultant for the faculty/staff campaign.

The native of Bloomsburg, Pa. played varsity football, baseball and basketball at Bloomsburg University and earned his bachelor’s degree in education in 1966. While teaching elementary school, he received his master’s degree in education from Temple University in 1968. Mr. Rupert came to Baltimore as the head basketball coach and assistant football coach at Johns Hopkins in the fall of 1970.  

As a member of the athletic department, he served on the NCAA Convention Planning Committee, the NCAA Division II Selection Committee for men’s basketball and was the president of the Mason-Dixon Athletic Conference.

Gary, his wife Nancy, and sons Gary, Jr., Greg, and Geoff were all vibrant members of the UMBC community. Geoff worked for UMBC Athletics from 1995-2006, completing his tenure as an assistant director of athletics.

Viewings will be held on Friday, Oct.  15 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. and 7:00 p.m-9:00 p.m. at the Haight Funeral Home in Sykesville, Md. ( http://www.haightfuneralhome.com/ ) and funeral services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 10:00 a.m. at Wesley Freedom Methodist Church in Eldersburg, Md. (http://www.wesleyfreedom.org/contact/directions.html)

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gary G Rupert Scholarship, Department of Emergency Health Services at UMBC.  Make Checks payable to the UMBC FOUNDATION, INC.  8th floor Administration, Baltimore, MD. 21250.