Nate Ruffin Memorial

Earlier this week, I wrote about the Marshall University plane crash in 1970. As a follow up to that post, I want to share some follow-up information.

A bust of Nate Ruffin was recently unveiled during the 2010 Homecoming Festivities on Marshall University’s campus. Ruffin was a member of the 1970 Thundering Herd football team and was very instrumental in keeping the program alive after the crash. Ruffin did not make the ill-fated trip to eastern North Carolina the day of the crash because of an injury. Ruffin, who was portrayed by Anthony Mackie in the film We Are Marshall passed away several years ago and is buried at Springhill Cemetery in Huntington, WV, beside the mass grave holding the six unidentified bodies from the crash.

Steve and Mary Williams commissioned the bust of Ruffin. During the October 2010 Homecoming ceremonies, the Marshall Black Alumni Association, along with the Marshall University Alumni Association, held a joint champagne reception to dedicate the Nate Ruffin Lounge in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

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Regina Jeffers is the award-winning author of Austenesque, Regency and historical romantic suspense.
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3 Responses to Nate Ruffin Memorial

  1. teenagersmom says:

    So nice to see you at Pemberley Ball!

    • It has been a great honor to be included in the festivities. I am, especially, pleased to share it with some of my Austen Author friends: Mary, Monica, and Karen.

  2. Kulsuma says:

    Dear Countess Aoife,

    It was a pleasure to make your acquaintance at the Pemberley Ball and to learn more juicy tidbits about your book; The Phantom Of Pemberley.

    Lady Araminta Lovelace

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