November 18, 2015
Dan Hurley (A&S ’51, L ’54) received Tulane University’s Bobby Boudreau Spirit Award for best representing the “Roll Wave” spirit.
Photo by Bradley Charlesworth
By Bradley Charlesworth
When Brooklyn native Dan Hurley (A&S ’51, L ’54) arrived on the Tulane University campus in 1947, he was thrilled about the warm weather and opportunity to earn a top-notch education. Soon after he arrived, fandom moved up to the top of his list, as Hurley found a passion for cheering on the Green Wave.
As the semester began, the campus was abuzz, gearing up for football season and a home opener against the vaunted Alabama Crimson Tide. The Green Wave pulled off a thrilling victory, defeating the perennial powerhouse 21-20. Hurley was immediately hooked.
After graduating from Tulane Law, Hurley began a successful legal career and started a family with his wife and college sweetheart, Joycelyn Schell. No matter how busy his career and family life would become over the years, he remained committed to supporting Tulane University and Green Wave athletics.
As an alumnus, Hurley has served on a number of boards and councils, providing leadership to the Tulane Alumni Association and Admiralty Law Boards. He currently serves as president of the Tulane Emeritus Club. He has been a member of the Athletic Advisory Council, served on the board of the Tulane Athletic Fund and is a past president of the Tulane Tip-Off Club. He’s also supported student-athletes as a long-time Tulane season ticket holder.
On Homecoming Weekend, the Tulane Alumni Association honored Hurley with the Bobby Boudreau Spirit Award, one of the alumni association’s highest awards, for his many years of impassioned support.
“Few Tulanians represent the Green Wave spirit quite like Dan Hurley,” says James Stofan, vice president for alumni relations. “His green wardrobe, infectious smile and support for all things Tulane have served as an inspiration for alumni through the years.”
Bradley Charlesworth is associate director of marketing and communications in the Tulane University Office of Alumni Relations.
(A version of this story appeared first in Tulane University’s New Wave.)