Chris Grauert

Chris Grauert, '68

Began his four-year rugby career at Fairfield under the tutelage of John Bender. By spring of 1966 had become one of the top lineout jumpers in the Northeast in an era with no lifting or binding. He excelled against college sides like Wesleyan, Villanova, Holy Cross, and Fordham. He bested jumpers from Met Union senior clubs New York and Manhattan. As an active, fit #8 Grauert covered the field for 80 minutes, wreaking havoc with opposing back lines.

Always respected by his teammates; he served as an Officer of the FURFC for three years as Honorable Match Secretary, Treasurer and then in the 1967-68 as the third President of the FURFC. As President, Chris organized and led the club's first tour to foreign soil, leading 30 Red Ruggers to Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas in the spring of 1968. Before graduating Chris was awarded, along with his teammate Bob Smith, the first ever Doug Ciacci Most Valuable Player Award.

"Grau's" career after Fairfield is defined by his service as a Naval Officer and fighter pilot inspired to service by the tragic death of his brother Lt. Hans Grauert. Chris had a remarkable naval career, winning numerous commendations and successfully completing hundreds of "traps" during his times at sea. In between cruises he found time to play for the San Diego RFC for five years in the early '70s and then for two more years for the Monterey RFC.

Career highlights include:
  • Three years as an Officer of the FURFC, 1966-1968
  • Led the first-ever foreign tour by the FURFC - 1968
  • Extraordinary lineout jumper and dominant forward - 1965-1968
  • Doug Ciacci Most Valuable Player - 1968
  • Eternal ambassador for Fairfield Rugby