Thursday, March 24, 2011

Malvern Prep Rowing Team to Christen New Boat in Honor of Fallen Soldier


The phone call came on June 6, 2010, as Austin Bury ’11 was on his way home from Canada, where he had been racing as a member of Malvern Prep Crew. The call was from his dad, Tim, who delivered the news that Austin’s cousin, 26-year-old Marine Sgt. Brandon Bury, had been killed while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan. The news weighed heavy on Austin’s heart as he endured that long trip home.

Brandon Bury had already served two tours in Iraq before he was deployed to Afghanistan in April 2010. He had most recently been assigned to train Afghan police officers, and spoke to family and friends about making progress with the local population. “He had a light about him when he walked into a room, and everyone was always drawn to him," said his wife Heather, mother of Brandon’s 4- and 2-year-old sons. “He was the kind of man who wanted to help everyone.”

Rowing provided comfort for Austin, who greatly loved, admired and respected his cousin. He focused his energies on the US Rowing Youth National Championship in Cincinnati, and the US Rowing Junior Men's National Team Selection Camp, but his commitment to crew meant he was unable to join his family in attendance at both Brandon's funeral in California and memorial service in Houston. Brandon was in his thoughts last season, and this year the loved one he lost will be with him throughout the racing season.

A brand new quadruple scull, a gift of an anonymous donor, will be christened as the Sgt. Brandon C. Bury USMC at a ceremony on Saturday, April 2, at 12:00 p.m. at the team’s boathouse, located at 601 Washington Street in Conshohocken. Malvern Prep rowers, families, alumni and friends are invited to join the special event, which will include comments by Malvern’s Head of School, Father James R. Flynn, O.S.A., Brandon’s aunt Missy Whitney, and Malvern crew coach Craig Hoffman.

“The dedication of this quad has meant so much to Austin and his extended family,” said Betsy Bury, Austin’s mother. “Brandon's father, Brian, and mother, Terri, are overwhelmed with gratitude to Malvern for this honorable recognition of their son. We hope that Sgt. Brandon C. Bury USMC will see Malvern Prep all the way to Nationals this year.”

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