Craig Sweeney


Position Played: Second Row
Craig was an original member of the Santa Monica Rugby Club
and one of its finest Players and a Club stalwart.

He toured New Zealand and Australia with the California Universities team
which had a winning record and toured England with the USA Eagles
as their captain and spokesperson.

He lived in Newport Beach and attended practices in Santa Monica
twice a week, a 120 mile round trip drive.

Craig is enshrined in the UCLA Rugby Hall of Fame and the
Santa Monica Rugby Hall of Fame. His name is on a trophy presented by
the USA Rugby Union to outstanding contributors to USA Rugby.
Ron Nisbet

He was a great team mate and wonderful player. He was willing to stop
practice to correct your grammar. He was also a lot of fun on trips and
tours because he had a habit of talking in his sleep. Some time it was
random. Some time he would actually carry on a conversation with
the TV if it was still on. Taken way too early.
Gordon Bosserman


Hanley Thomas

Position Played: Scrum Half
Hanley Thomas a passionate Welsh rugby supporter who was the
President of the Santa Monica Soccer and Social Club, who were the
original sponsors of the Club. Hanley was a founding member of the
Santa Monica Rugby Club.


Allan Jaynes
Position Played: Loyal Supporter
Al was born in Tucson Arizona where he resided until graduation from
high school. Looking for a bit of adventure, he moved to Pasadena and
attended Pasadena City College until he enlisted in the Army during
World War II. He served in the 45th infantry division which saw action
in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. After his discharge, he met
his future wife Jeane who was visiting from Wisconsin at the Ship Room
in the old Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. He became a partner in the
local newspaper, the Arcadia Tribune, and had two sons, Brown and Peter.

Al, always the interested parent, closely followed the exploits of his sons.
Brown happened to take up rugby while attending USC, and Al became
the team’s biggest fan. When Brown began playing for the Santa Monica
Rugby Club in 1973, Al adopted the Dolphins as his new favorite team.
From 1973 until 1988 Al and Jeane Jaynes supported the Santa Monica
Rugby Club teams and its players by attending most home and many
away games. They were at the Monterrey Tournaments, hosting parties
and players. They were known to everyone on the Club and became good
friends with many of the players, especially supporting the foreign players
who could always use a surrogate parent.

Having spent more time on the sidelines of Santa Monica Rugby Club
games than most players over the years, Al’s and Jeane’s contribution to the
Family that was the Santa Monica Rugby Club of the ‘70’s and 80’s was
greatly appreciated and acknowledged by Allan Jaynes’s inclusion
in the “Forever Green”.
Brown Jaynes


John Brown, M.D.
Position Played: Wing

John Brown was a founder member of the Santa Monica Rugby Club. He
moved to Southern California from San Francisco where he played with
the San Francisco Rugby Club from 1967 to 1970. He played for Santa Monica
from 1973-1976, on the wing although he had played almost every position in
the backs at S.F.R.C. and in England.

John was born in England, went to Medical School at Westminster Hospital
and played for British Army, London Hospitals, Surrey and Hampshire
(county rep teams) and London Irish. After he hung up his boots, he
started running long distances and completed the Western States 100 mile
in fewer than 24 hours to earn the silver belt buckle!

John had an understated sense of humor and was always a great companion
whether on the field or leaning on the bar at Ye Olde Kings Head in
Santa Monica. We last saw John three years ago at the Beach Club
in Santa Monica for an Old Boys Reunion.
Ron Nisbet


Tom McMillian (The King)
Position Played: Prop
Tom McMillan started his rugby career with Eagle Rock Athletic Club.
He originally played football with this group, which included John Curry,
the late Frankie Digennaro, and the Mazolla brothers. They were a semi-pro
football team scrimmaged with the Lain pre-season. Tom joined the
rugby club which was the same group who needed someone to hit after
the football season was over! Tom played rugby at ERAC from 1953 until
1977 when he joined Santa Monica Rugby Club until 1989.

Tom was a great goal kicker with the old square toed boot. In common
with Danny Benjamin, he longed for a change in rules to include a designated
kicker. Although his best days were behind him when he joined SMRC, he
turned out regularly for the Grunions and the Kelp. Each year he would
add knee braces, shoulder harnesses and miscellaneous medical devices and
kept on playing. His famous war cry was “Pour the Pork”, which although
no one knew what it meant, inspired additional ferocity on the field.

In 1956, Tom qualified for the USA Olympic Trials in race walking by
placing 4th in a national AAU event. He was unable to make the trials and
we are left to ponder the spectacle of Tom “heel and toeing” to the tune of
“Pour the pork, pour the pork…”.

We lost contact with the “King” in his latter days although there were
almost as many sightings of Tom as there were of Elvis. Tom you were
the “King” and you are sorely missed.
Ron Nisbet


Master Frame
Frank DiGennaro
Position Played: Wing
Frankie DiGennaro played for Santa Monica Rugby Club from
1973 to 1983. He embodied the spirit of Rugby and the Santa Monica
Rugby Club. He was a fierce competitor, a leader and a dear friend.
His enthusiasm was contagious on and off the pitch. He was buried with
a Hall Of Fame pin on his lapel.

The Santa Monica Rugby Club and the Hall of Fame Committe have
dedicated an award in memory of "Frankie D."

The "Frank DiGennaro Exuberant Youth Award" is given annually
to the youth player from the Santa Monica Rugby Club who has consistently
shown the level of commitment, sportsmanship and enthusiasm
exemplified by Frankie.

Here’s what his teammates have to say about "Frankie D."

During my 6 years with the Club, no one loved hanging around and
chatting with SMRC guys like Frankie D. Friendly with everyone, he had
more stories than Guss and knew guys from rugby clubs all over LA county.
A most inspirational award could be given in his name--awardee would
exemplify a positive, team-first guy who never had a bad word !
The guy that helped you get over a tough loss!
Michael Pavich

As a Freshman at Oxy, I was working out running around the track and
I saw this older guy, probably 25 who was there when I started and said,
"Let's do another 2 laps and a few more sprints. He was the kindest and
most helpful person. He always said, let's do a little more. He loved working
out, being in the best shape possible, and ways very supportive. He was my
personal trainer before they were invented. He also would give a real critique
of your performance which helped technique. A natural born coach.
Great Guy - He was a true big brother!
Steve Auerbach

Frankie D had so much spirit and vitality – hard to hear of his passing.
I believe that Frankie D above all else was a fierce competitor.
Dave Briley

"Frankie D." one of the most positive people i have ever known. he was
a joy to be around. always a good word to say. Toured with him to Europe
with the Bats. He was like a child in that he had never been away from
home before and was constantly losing things.
Gordon Bosserman

Frankie D was one of the best people I’ve ever met and one of the reasons
why playing rugby was one of the best things I’ve ever done. I first met
Frankie when we were both playing for Santa Monica and he and I struck up
an immediate friendship, which was normal for Frankie. He was good
friends with everyone, never judging, never saying anything negative about
anyone. We had some great conversations about rugby, work and life that
were just so darn enjoyable. He was such a great example of someone who
truly enjoyed life and all those around him. I miss him tremendously, but
he made such a great impression on me that I feel he isn’t really gone.
His memory is so vivid still. Indeed, he’s making me smile in a bittersweet
way as I write this. Such a good man.
Mike Fenerin

Frankie was a player who was known for a great attitude during the
season. Frankie was a very positive person and was a guy who loved to
battle back when we were behind on the scoreboard (which wasn't that
often back in those days) Frankie gave 100% all the time.
Mitchell Morrison

He was so full of his usual energy when I saw him for the first time in
so long at the HOF. So long Frankie D.
Timothy J. Desmond

Honor THE MAN we shed our tears for. He was buried with a HOF pin
on his lapel, thanks to Danny Benjamin. We remember the PLAYER in
many ways, the one from toid and thirty toid in New York.
One of the most famous moments winning the Kent County Plate with
SMRC on tour in England approaching coach Ron, “let me in coach, I feel a
try coming on.” He was never selfish, being one, in the group of wings of
Fenerin, Fast Eddie O’Connor, Auerbach, Loco D…Danny Scott.
Realize the pleasure from the front row after a contested scrum in
seeing the ball pass through a myriad of hands and ending up in
Frankie’s grip and running through many a’ tacklers attempts to upend
the unstoppable. His body was not his, but ours on defense, as he put it
on the line in every situation when needed. The reward for the nings, sweat
and blood from the pack was Frankie touching down under the posts.
Ron Guss

I got to spend a lot of time with Frankie post rugby at the LAAC.
His enthusiasm for life was boundless. he will be missed.
John Carroll

I loved Frankie and thought he exemplified everything wonderful
about the game and athletics.
Russ Goodman

Frankie was a very special guy... Loved all of his team mates and
was loved by all of us.
Dave Morrison


John Wilbur

Position Played: Second Row
I first met John Wilbur in 1963 on the sidelines of a rugby match at
Loyola University. The Universities Rugby Club was playing against
Fullerton. I was new to the Club and Los Angeles, John was taking a year
off from Stanford for undisclosed reasons. When he returned to Stanford
the following year, I used John and some of his fellow football players
as day laborers,. when I was conducting material evaluations at the
Northern California refineries. I often stayed with John at the
Beta House in Stanford University.

John tried out with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted lineman.
He literally fought his way onto the team by cold cocking his opposite
number in a scrimmage which so impressed Tom Landry that he gave him
a contract John played for Dallas in the “Ice Bowl” against Green Bay,
the LA Rams and the Washington Redskins. He returned to UCLA
for his graduate degree in Business and took up Rugby again.

He toured with Santa Monica in Scotland and Ireland in 1983 and
accompanied David Stephenson and Dennis Jablonski to Belfast for the
Willie John McBride match with international players from all over
the world. Rumor has it that he walked through the most security-
conscious immigration screening in Belfast Airport with a money belt
containing several ounces of cannabis!

John moved to Hawaii and kept up his rugby association with the
Hawaii Harlequins Rugby Club. He counted Hunter J. Thompson
amongst his intimate friends.

John was truly an American original who lived life to the fullest and is
fondly remembered by his fellow rugby comrades. John, you were a
good friend and an unforgettable companion.
Ron Nisbet

A terrific athlete. He played on the offensive line for the Dallas Cowboys.
He moved to Hawaii and I once called him when I was on the island but
was not allowed to speak to him until I first convinced his wife I was
not looking for a place to sleep.
Gordon Bosserman


Trevor Morgan
Position Played: Flanker
Trevor was an outstanding flanker in the Great Petone sides of the seventies.
He toured South Africa and America with Petone teams then returned to
Americato play for and coach Santa Monica Rugby Club for a number of
years. All of the Santa Monica players who played with Trevor and were
coached by him will share in our sadness at his loss.
Ron Nisbet

Trevor shined as a player but he glowed as a coach. He elevated and had
more influence on my rugby than anyone and was the major reason for
SMRC’s success during his tenure as coach.
He will always be in my Hall of Fame.
John Carroll

Trevor was an excellent, fearless, player. I loved his total commitment
on the field especially when he was in pursuit of the ball at a ruck or maul.
With Trevor playing flanker and me at scrum half, I wanted to make
sure that he and I were good friends. Back row players are like personal
body guards to a SH. And Trevor, like most SMRC back rows, was exceptional.
Trevor had agreat sense of humor, a love and passion for the game, and a keen
emphasis on fitness in order to improve your game. I remember when he
first became coach, he ran us so much that I lost ten pounds in two weeks.
That season set the tone for my own personal training ever since. He helped
improve my game and that was passed on to the Loyola teams that I coached.
Thanks Trevor, rest in peace.
Dick Laner


Gordon Moir
Position Played: Hooker
Gordon James Moir, was born April 28th 1944 in Pietermaritzburg,
South Africa. He grew up in Cape Town where he learned his rugby.

He moved out to California to complete his Ph.D in Geology with a
scholarship at UCLA. There he joined the rugby team as a hooker and
played with the core old guard of Santa Monica Rugby Club, Nisbet,
Murphy, Bosserman, Sweeney, Stevens, Lepisto, Desmond, Stephenson.
Thrussell O’Connor.et al. He was not a large physical specimen but made
up in technique and skill for his lack of size.

Once playing in Stanford Sevens, he dislocated his shoulder but continued
playing, caught the ball one-handed and scored the winning try!

At Santa Monica he shared hooking duties with Fred Khasigian, as Freddie
could play back row equally well and was a member of the championship
winning teams at San Diego and Monterey. Gordon returned to
South Africa where he continued to work for EXXON and died on his
beloved Table Mountain during a weekend hike.

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir
Ron Nisbet


Vic Lepisto
Position Played: Flanker
Vic Lepisto was an original member of the Santa Monica Rugby club
and a majr contributor to the clubs dynamic beginnings. He played on
the Monterey National Championship, San Diego Championship, and
the Southern California League Championship teams. He toured with
Santa Monica to Australia in 1978.  Vic was a tireless flanker, dynamic
tackler and ball carrier and a beloved team mate

Vic learned his rugby at UCLA after a huge contribution to the UCLA
football team. I had the privilege of playing with Vic at UCLA and coaching
him at Santa Monica. His wife of many years was a faithful club supporter
and a loving companion. You will always be in our hearts Vic.
Ron Nisbet

Vic excelled at whatever he did, be it football, rugby, you name it; but most
of all, Vic excelled at being a teammate and friend.  Rugby was a shared
passion and Vic added so much fun to that passion.  I remember so many
times during a game (with Sue cheering us on) when Vic made one relentless
play after another, and from a purely personal standpoint, his greatest play
was going with me to the UCLA emergency center to get my broken leg re-set. 
Believe it or not, Vic helped the doc set my leg!  Talk about friendship and being
a teammate!  I’m so sad to see Vic go, but all of us at UCLA and Santa Monica
that were lucky enough to know Vic have an extraordinary wealth of memories
to enjoy.  Here’s to Vic: The Best and Forever Green.
Mike Fenerin

Vic Lepisto embodied everything that I have come to admire in a Rugby
man. He was a tremendously talented Rugby player. As a flanker he was an
opponent to be feared and for good reason. Of all the Dolphin flankers,
I had the privilege of playing with, Vic ranks as one of the best. He was a
ferocious tackler and ball hawk as well as a great runner with the ball.
Vic’s reputation as a Rugger is well known but the one thing that struck
me about Vic was his devotion to his teammates. Vic knew how to make
everyone be a better working part of the “Green Machine”. He knew how to
get the best out of a player by simply encouraging him but more importantly
by quietly instructing him about a better way to accomplish a move or
improve your defense. At least that is how he approached me. I learned so
much from Vic on our tour to Australia in 1978. I felt he was my own personal
coach on the tour ‘down Under', not so much at my position but about the
general ebb and flow of the game. I remember spending a lot of time with
Vic and Sue on that tour and I’ve always treasured that time. I’m not sure
why he spent that time with me, maybe because he lost a bet, or he felt sorry
for me but I’ve never forgotten it. I’m sure others remember something
similar about Vic other than his game. He was a great player, the best,
but an even greater person and man. 
Dick Laner


Master Frame
Dean Sweeney II
Position Played: Prop
Dean graduated from Stanford University where he began his rugby
career, then obtained his Master in Business Administration from USC.
He played for Eagle Rock Rugby Club, along with Bill McEnteer and
Frank Digennaro in 1970 prior to the formation of the Santa Monica Club.
He joined his brother Craig as founding members of the club.

Dean played in the front row with a distinguished group of props
which included Kent Stevens, Dennis Murphy and Bill Eakland.
They formed a hilarious act on the SMRC tour to England and Wales,
which performed at the post game parties, known as “The Four Props”.

Santa Monica’s scrum was so formidable during this period that the
props maintained that the scrums at practice were tougher than those in
the game. This team’s front row players were equally adept at running
and passing as they were dominating in the scrum and lineout.
Dean played on the undefeated first year SMRC team and on the
championship teams in San Diego and Monterey.

I went on tour to Mexico City with Dean and a San Francisco team.
Dean owned a concrete cutting company. Returning to our hotel after a
rugby game and post game party, Dean spotted a group of men using
jackhammers to break up an area of roadway marked out with yellow paint.
Dean told the crew (in words they did not understand), “This is what my
company does in LA”. He grabbed one of the jackhammers and completed
the entire area marked out for that night’s work. The astonished crew
looked at the completed task and thanked Dean profusely
for giving then the rest of the night off.

Dean joined me in San Diego to witness Santa Monica’s Nation
Championship victory in 2005. Little did I know that it would the
last chance I got to see and socialize with my great friend. Gone but never
forgotten, you are now part of the “Forever Green” Machine.
Ron Nisbet

A great person. A founding member of the "four props." A strong
supporter of the team even through adversity. his first wife, Sheila,
hated his involvement with rugby so much, she refused to allow him to go
to Kent Steven's (a team mate) wedding. And actually made him leave his
wedding gift on the door step of his house so we could pick it up. We saw
him through the window. Those were the days.
Gordon Bosserman


Frazier McLean
Position Played: Loyal Supporter
We were all gathered in the bar after a UCLA game. Truly a motley
crew. Tricky little English bastards; big, powerful All-American football
players ... flush with success and full of ourselves. I remember watching
an older guy shuffle across the bar towards us. He had a larger-than-normal
shoe on one foot and walked with a slight limp. He looked very out of place.
He approached a bunch of us, who were sitting around a large table.
He introduced himself as Frazier McClean. He was so forthright and
unassuming in his approach that we listened. He explained that he was a
photographer and he enjoyed photographing rugby in particular. He pulled
out a dozen or so 8x10, black and white prints, showing us in action on the
pitch. In the days before cell phones and selfies, this was quite remarkable.
He offered the photos to whoever wanted them. He asked if he could hang
out at games. From the beginning, he fit right in.

Action photography was very difficult back then ... All manual focus,
hand-process film, print in a dark room full of chemicals .... I don't
recall Frazier ever asking for money for his work. He was happy to be
included. Most of the presentation about Dennis Storer's career, as well as
the history of our own club, is documented by Frazier. Personally, when
I started taking action pictures, I wanted to be like him.

I know that most of the player's from Santa Monica's early days treasure
memories that were captured for them by Frazier McClean. As far as
I can see, there can be no finer legacy.
Dave Stephenson


Richard (Jack) Lasater
Position Played: Wing
Jack was born in October of 1948 in Illinois and the family moved to
California on doctor's advice when Jack was two due to frequent lung
infections, eventually settling in Modesto. Jack was an all-star athlete at
Modesto High School lettering in track, baseball and football. He won a
football scholarship to Stanford University and played in the 1971 Rose Bowl
game where Stanford defeated Ohio State 27 to 17. He was also an
unstoppable wing playing for Stanford's 3-year national championship
rugby team. He played wing on the early Santa Monica squad.
Ron Nisbet

Brown Jaynes
Position Played: Fly Half/Center/Wing/Fullback
I don’t have the words that give justice to Brown Jaynes. I cannot
adequately convey the effect Brown has had on my life or in any significant
manner detail the warmth and humanity of someone who was more than a
friend and really a brother. He was the most enjoyable, warm-hearted human
you would ever want to know.

How do I meaningfully relate the experiences, memories, emotions, and
delights of the last forty-five years with Brown? I do not have that ability.
I cannot describe what it meant to be his house and teammate on both the
Santa Monica Rugby Club and Manhattan Beach Bodysurfing Association
Rugby and Rowing Football Club. That period is just a highlight reel of pure
joy. The outstanding seasons and national titles were great, but the true value
of that time was simply my association with him.

Our relationship transitioned effortlessly after rugby into a twenty-five-year
partnership of open ocean sailing and racing on Koloa, Koloa II, Wolfpack,
Last Tango,
and Arana where we logged thousands of miles together and
won numerous local, regional, district, and national championships. This
occurred, in no small part, because of Brown and his outstanding ability
as a sail trimmer and “crew chief”. Again, wins are fun, but the real benefit
of our sailing together was the experience of his friendship. Didn’t matter
if we were racing, cruising to Catalina, or skiing together on any one of
our trips to New Mexico, Idaho, Utah, or Colorado. Brown gave his
friendship unconditionally
My heart goes out to his incredible and funny longtime partner Allison.
Brown adored Allison (I don’t know anyone who doesn’t) and Allison
adored Brown. It has always been and will always be Brown and Al.
Brown will be irreplaceable in my life, and I will never truly get over
his passing.

Rest in peace my brother.
John Carroll


Dennis Ward
Position Played: Fullback
Dennis Ward passed on at the age of 72. Dennis was born and raised in
the Bay Area where he graduated from Serra High School and attended
College of San Mateo. Next, he graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1971
where he played football as a linebacker and punter, and rugby as a fullback.
He came to West Los Angeles to enter law school at Loyola in the fall of ’74
and was excited about the opportunity to play for the Santa Monica Rugby Club.

Dennis played with Santa Monica for several years.                           
He returned to the Bay area to finish his Law Degree at Golden Gate
University School of Law. Once there, he continued his rugby career
with the Old Blues. Finally, upon graduation from law school, he joined
the law offices of Ropers, Majeski, Kohn and Bentley as a trial attorney
and was with them for 42 years.

Rumor has it that when he retired from rugby he took up bagpipes,
flying kites and surfing. No doubt, the bagpipes were inspired by
Ron Nisbet, his former rugby coach at Santa Monica.

Dennis was an extraordinary person. In college, he didn’t belong to a
fraternity because it seemed he was in every fraternity on campus. He could
walk into a room of strangers and you would never know that was a first-time
meeting. Dennis had a fantastic sense of humor, was kind, generous,
thoughtful, unselfish and a hardworking and true team player. He set
an excellent example for all in both life and rugby.

He is survived by his wife Gina, daughters, Carmen and Sara and
grandson, Noah who currently reside in San Jose.
Tom Mahony


Bruce McDonald
Position Played: Second Row

Bruce McDonald and I have been friends near on 30 years. I met Bruce at a
SMRC practice in the mid 1980's. He had just moved out from back east and
was looking for a club to play for. He was soon a regular first team player at
2nd row and we paired in many matches. As you all know, there is a close
connection between all rugby players but in my opinion even a greater
connection in the "tight five". Bruce always had my back. He even let me
yell and scream at him to get in the scrum, full well knowing he had
arrived seconds before me, just to let me vent. These years were the best
times of my life and I KNOW they were the best times of his.

After we stopped playing and started our families, we remained close friends.
About 10 years ago he casually mentioned to me while sharing a beer that
he had a blood disorder that would probably do him in. About 16 months ago
he called to tell me that the worst had happened and that his time was short.
I really couldn't believe how noble and dignified he has been over these
last several months. We talked a lot and it was always about family,
friends, rugby and "the good old days".

He never once acted sorry for himself or even desperate about the final
outcome. He even kept his sense of humor! He reminded me of many of
the games we all have played where the score was out of hand against us,
yet many (but not all) continued to play the game as if it still could be won.
I was proud to be his teammate and even prouder to be his friend.
Rick Lemmens


Bobby Johnstone
Position Played: Second Row

In it's inaugural year Santa Monica played two games against Cal State
Los Angeles. They were a very big (football big) squad And gave Santa Monica
big problems. One of the largest and fastest was Bobby Johnstone who played
second row. The following year Bobby joined Santa Monica and helped make
up a squad which at least two deep at every position and where sometimes
the toughest scrums were at practice.

Bobby played on the winning SMRC teams at San Diego and Santa Barbara.
The following year he moved to San Francisco where we encountered him
again while he was playing for the BATS. In 1989 the big San Francisco
earthquake struck. Bobby's basement was flooded and while trying to
assess damage Bobby was electrocuted and died.

Bobby had a big physique and a big heart.
He is now playing in the Green Elysian Fields.
Ron Nisbet


Vic Mayer
Position Played: Second Row
We've all heard the poem "The Dash", about that little dash from one's first
day on Earth to the last. Well, Vic had a pretty big dash. He lived a very full
life, and left this World feeling good about his time here.

Vic came to the club from UCLA, where he was a scholarship athlete who
played football and rugby. A born leader, he was eventually elected captain.
We bonded immediately, as many in the tight-five will, but that bond was
cemented when he moved in to our (very large 4-bedroom townhouse) apartment
which he re-named Camp College. On the field, a fierce competitor, with
tree-trunk legs. Off the field, a sensitive, caring soul. An artist, his main
medium was wood. He created pieces which he called "Antiques of the Future".
Truly beautiful works of art. He followed this passion for over 30 years.

He was a World-traveler, model (!), husband, not-so-good parrot trainer,
and father of three. If you were his friend, it was for life. He was my
teammate, my friend, my roommate, my brother. We shared many
adventures and thoughts. A great Dolphin, and Bruin, for life. We lost Vic to
"Steve Jobs" cancer, after a short, 3 1/2 month period. Through all of the
radiation, and other treatments, as his body was giving up, he never wavered
in his faith that either way, win or lose, he was going to be fine. He leaves
his family in good shape, intact, with no regrets. All are well. He is missed.
Norm Allendorph


Daniel Otter
Position Played: Second Row

Dan exemplified why we all loved playing rugby for Santa Monica RFC
together. He was the consummate teammate there in support, usually the
first one to put his head in the ruck to push the pile (and did he have the
lumps and scars on that noggin' to prove it). He was positive and uplifting
and you knew he really cared about the club and its members. Dan
loved the post game festivities and was always there to share a beer
and a story. When he and his family moved to Las Vegas, he reveled in
hosting his former teammates at the Rugby 7s and opened his suite to
all of us. He was a good man, a good husband and a good father, and
I am proud to have known and played with him.
Andrew Hunter


Jim Dreyfuss

Position Played: Prop
I met Jim 36 years ago after smashing my nose in my first game for Santa
Monica Rugby Club, He came onto the field and told me that it looked perfect,
only to find out after the game in the restroom mirror that it was next to my
ear. I came out, and with his mischievous grin, he handed me a beer and our
love story began.

Since then we would find ourselves marveling at the adventure of life that
we were experiencing together in real-time. There was always such joy to be
around him and I always wanted more.

As a player, Jim was an absolute beast. Blessed with ridiculous natural
strength he was known to make grown men cry. Some of us here will
remember the game against LA Rugby Club where Jimmy scrummed against
a prop who started squealing and voluntarily took himself out of the game, to
be replaced by another player who after a few scrums started crying and left
the field in tears.

Scrumming against Jim was like wrestling a very large bear.
But after the match Jim with his lovable grin was seen sitting with the
players, sharing a beer and giving them pointers on how they could improve.

Jim was always up for an adventure and if you were with him, you always
knew fun would break out. From deciding on a Wednesday to fly out to
London for that weekend to watch the rugby world cup,To telling the bungee
Jump operator that he was under the required 220 lbs weight limit , so that
he could jump, when he was closer to 260 lbs, to me using his back as a
human drum while Mick Fleetwood was playing for us at a small nightclub
we stumbled on in Santa Barbara. The infamous Luaus where Jim was
always the true Big Kahuna.

Sneaking into the front row seats of the Hollywood bowl with a Huuuge
cooler, sitting next to Hugh Hefner and looking back to see that Beth and
Karen would have none of it. So we got up with the largest noisiest cooler
and interrupted Henry Mancini while we went to the back row to join the girls .

Sitting in the middle of 60000 rabid USC football fans and driving them
crazy while we incessantly sang the UCLA fight song.

Even a grocery run for the wives, could result in us getting lost for hours
while Beth and Karen, would be wondering where we went.

Jimmy attacked life with purpose and no fear, and he made sure to take
advantage of every experience to the max.

After retiring, Jim took over the leadership of Santa Monica Rugby Club
as the President and continued to lead with his calm, no drama, logical,
blue headed style. Which was the exact opposite of mine.

As a young captain, I had a one size fits all approach and Jimmy changed
my life with three words. Trying to rile the boys up with spit and vinegar,
chest slamming and shouting, I tried to do the same to Jimmy. He just
looked at me and said “ Lippy, Channel It.” That was Jim, whether it was
time for fun, work, family he had the ability to Channel It and make
the most of every experience.

We had a saying...Bakersfield. The concept being that it really did not
matter where we would go to have fun...as long as we were together, it
could even be Bakersfield. Because the joy of being with Jim was never
about the where or what, it was always about the WHO. And Jim always
attracted the best of the WHO, as evidenced by everyone who is here today.

We all wanted to believe that Jimmy was our best friend, and he made every
one of us feel special, loved, and interesting, and he would always be interested.
I do have to say that Jim had a special thing for red heads. With only 4% of
the worlds population being gingers, Over 80% of Jim’s groomsmen were Gingers.

Jim took that joy and love for life and rugby with him into his coaching
where he gave back to Santa Monica Rugby as a youth coach for Adam’s
teams with his primary motto being “too much fun” ....the same philosophy
that he took with him to every aspect of his life. His lifelong contribution to
Santa Monica Rugby Club both on and off the field culminated in his induction
to their Hall of Fame. If there was a Hall of Fame for Greatest Humans , Jim
would be the leading inductee.

I was asked to speak about his rugby years which is difficult for me, because
his rugby years lasted 36 years, resulting in me having a front-row seat to
the greatest person I have met.

To see his love for his family, extended family, friends and everyone he met, gave
me the blueprint for how I wanted to live my life. And as I move on in life I will
always think...”What would Jimmy do” when I come to any crossroads.

There is a concept in rugby about “Never leaving anything in the tank”. When
you leave the field you should have given everything and not have any doubts
about whether you gave it your all.mJimmy lived his life like that. He never left
anything in the tank. He gave everything he had in everything he did.

That is the lesson he taught us. No Regrets. Live your life to the fullest, and
be impactful with your love and humanity to everyone you meet.
Shawn Lipman

When my son Charlie was maybe 6, he began a tradition with Jimmy. 
Somehow Jimmy would say he was a big guy and smart-ass Charlie would say
he was a fat guy.  I think the innocence always made Jimmy laugh and we
joked about that for the next 20+ years.  When I told Charlie that Jimmy
had passed, he paused and simply said "he was a big guy."  
Robert Hacker

Jimmy was the heart and soul of the SMRC. Both on the pitch and off,
Jimmy's selfless contributions were massive. His attention to administration
was only surpassed by his generous offerings to players and their families in
the form of work and transport options, social networking, and endless
encouragement. Forever green, forever loved. 
Chip Seamans

From the first time I met Jim I couldn’t help being drawn to his cheerful,
positive, and loving personality.  He was a giant with a heart of gold and
a true inspiration to me, as he wasto many others, and he’ll always
remain in our hearts forever.
Danny Benjamin


Jeremy Revell
Position Played: Center
I played against Jeremy Revell when Hong Kong played the U.S. at the
Tokyo 7's in 1997. I met Jeremy a couple months later that summer in
Israel when we played together for Maccabi USA and won the Gold
medal defeating our rivals South Africa in the final. I coached Jeremy
with Santa Monica (2x National Champions in 2005, 2006). Simply put,
Jeremy was a beast on the field, a missile in the midfield defense that
usually ended up in a pile of dust, bodies flying. Attackers would not see
him coming; he came in low and fast. On attack he was all elbows, knees,
and aggression, long and lanky, fast, fearless, ran with a swerve that was
more toward the tryline than the sideline. He didn't say much, but drew
attention to himself through his actions. This was also true of his demeanor
off the field. He was a gentleman off it, a doctor and healer, a true friend,
a giver, not a taker. We wouldn't have won without Jeremy's unselfish
and unflinching loyalty to the team, to our band of brothers. I'm sure
his greatest accomplishment was being an extremely proud and loving dad
to his beautiful son, Aidan. Til we meet again, Jeremy, keep kicking ass!

Stuart Krohn

Doc was elite. A high performer, yet so humble. When the ball was in play,
he had pure intensity. There was only one way to tackle him — 100% of your
effort, or he'd make you pay. Ferocity. Off the pitch he was the opposite —
selfless, caring, nurturing. After games he'd sort guys out on the sideline in
whatever way they needed, emotional or physical. It was an honor to play
beside him. Gone too soon.
Chris Kelley  


Zachary Schwartz
Position Played: Wing
Zach joined SMRC in 2006. Typically hyper-critical on his own game and
how he should have done this or that for the better of the team, he had the
speed to break away and the stamina to finish long tries.

Zach was not only respected and loved for his personal qualities, but for
the intensity of those characteristics. He was fiercely loyal to his friends and
teammates, refreshingly honest, genuinely good-hearted, and amazingly fearless.
Zach was that rare friend who was notably focused and undistracted when
he was listening to you about your own personal life.

Zach often mentioned that his passion for rugby was mainly due to the
generation of guys he met when he first joined SMRC.
Matthew Strangeway

Zach - what a class act, he never had a bad word to say about anyone and
to be honest I don't think I ever heard anyone say anything bad about the
guy either and in this crowd that's an accomplishment ! A good friend
to everyone and always ready to lend a helping hand in any way he could.
RIP buddy you are missed but not forgotten.
Robert Knox

Zach was a gentle and kind soul with the heart of a champion. I vividly
remember being with him for a game in Vegas. He was one of those
underrated guys on the pitch, for reasons I am not to sure. Maybe it was
because he wasn't a huge man and kept quiet often times, but hell was had
when he had the ball in hand. He ran sick lines and was an absolute chore
to bring down, often needing to be double tackled on the outside. On defense
it was as if he aimed for the spine of his opposition. He would hit through
through them, putting his body on the line and wrecking havoc. Most of all
though, Zach was a good man. When with him, he gave you 100% of his
attention and you could tell he genuinely cared what you were up to. He
listened and he looked you in the eyes. I miss him, but I know he's making
others smile and feel welcome where ever he is.
Aaron Davis

Zach raised the level for the club. You were a better person when you were
around him. On the rugby side, he was fearless and intense, he had one
speed... fast. If he caught the corner you knew it was good for 5 —
a gazelle, long strides, swift. Off the pitch he was caring. I see AD mentioned
the same thing I remember — you always had Zach's full attention when you
were with him. Rare these days. He'd look you in the eye. I can see it in my
mind, vividly. Zach was a good man. Never forgotten, years on now
I still think about him often.
Chris Kelley

Christian McKeel
Position Played: Wing

I first met Christian at rugby practice one evening during our last
semester at Truman State University, MO in 2002. It didn’t take very
many practice sessions to realize that Christian was highly competitive.
Christian was originally from LA. After University we both ended up in
LA and joined SMRC in 2002 largely thanks to Doug Bratcher.

Christian was a club man through and through. He played outside center
or on the wing for the first team. He was a true team player who played
through pain, never complained and was known for "fighting above his
weight". He always gave 110% and never hesitated to face off against the
opposition if one of his teammates was getting abused.

Christian was the caliber of friend and teammate that would stand by you even
if you were wrong and would deal with it later. He was always happy, his energy
was contagious and he was always so patient with the people around him.
Matthew Strangeway

Christian McKeel had a small frame but he played like a power player,
especially on defense. You could count on Christian to put his body on the
line for the team. For that reason he sustained injuries, but he was trying
to make come backs and was never far from the club. The place I see
Christian is with his elfin grin at the On the Waterfront pool table after a
game of summer touch. He loved being around his friends. He was
winning games and making jokes, teasing, talking smack, all in good
nature and in his element. Christian was fun to be around. I miss Christian.
Stuart Krohn


Philip Osborne
Position Played:
The first time I met Phil, I didn't realize it was our first time meeting.
He was so warmhearted, friendly, and caring — like we were old friends,
reunited. I assumed maybe he'd been with the club years prior and I didn't
recall. It was probably weeks before I realized he was brand new to the club.
The absolute essence of a rugby player and club man, Phil put it all on the
line for his mates, on and off the pitch. Grateful to have crossed paths
with him, he is missed. 

Chris Kelley