Gerard B.A. Seymour
Gerry Seymour was a rugby visionary who is credited with advancing the sport of rugby in middle America and beyond.
Born in London, England in 1927, Seymour graduated from Westminster College prior to serving in the British Armed Forces. He came to the United States in 1960 as a member of the British Consul Office and called Kansas City, Missouri his home.
In 1964 he organized Kansas City’s first rugby club, the Kansas City Rugby Football Club. Later, he organized and served as president of the Heart of America RFU from 1967-1976.
He was the HOARFU representative when the Western Rugby Football Union was formed in 1975 and represented the Western RFU at the meeting in Chicago where the U.S.A. Rugby Football Union was formed.
Seymour represented the U.S.A. as its ambassador at the first Rugby World Cup in 1987 and ultimately served as a director of U.S.A. Rugby for 14 years. In addition to being a rugby enthusiast, he was a highly respected and beloved member of the Kansas City community.