USA Rugby loses a giant in Bill Campbell, founding member of Old Blue

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of Bill Campbell's passing. One of the six founding members of the Old Blue Rugby Football Club, Bill Campbell passed away at only 75 years old after a battle with cancer.

Bill Campbell was an extraordinary man with accomplishments too numerous to count. As a four-year student athlete at Columbia University, Bill established himself as one of the greats in Columbia Athletics history. In 1961, he captained the Ivy League Champion football team - the last to do so.

It was in 1963 that Bill along with a five friends from Columbia University accomplished what he called his greatest achievement: founding Old Blue. Bill would help Old Blue to their first championship title that year going 5-0 in the New York 7s championship, the inaugural competition as a club. From there, the Old Blue style would lead the club to numerous championship titles over their 53-year history.

"Bill was our founder, but really, he was more than that," said friend and club mate Frank Dunlevy. "He was fierce and determined, an inspirational leader and visionary - he was the heart, spirit and soul of our Club."

Bill won't leave us only known as an athlete and leader, he was also an accomplished business man who helped shape the world as we know it after joining Apple Computer in 1983. He rose to the level of Executive Vice President before moving on to become President and CEO of Claris Corporation. He later assumed the role of chairman of Intuit, creators of Quicken, QuickBook and Turbo Tax.

Needless to say, Bill Campbell was a man of legendary successes.

For his self-proclaimed greatest achievement to come from his founding of Old Blue, not much needs to be said about what his club and club mates meant to him over the years. His dedication to Old Blue and the USA Rugby community could never be replaced, and for that we thank you Bill.

Bill Campbell is survived by his wife Eileen, sons Jim and Matt and daughter Maggie. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the Old Blue community.