Raymond A. DuFour '28 (Football, Basketball, Baseball)
The Raymond A. DuFour Center stands as a testament to the legacy of its chief benefactor: Raymond Albert DuFour.
DuFour, from Haverhill, Mass., came to Catholic University on a football scholarship and established himself as one the Cardinals’ stalwarts on the offensive and defensive lines. In November 1925, CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, said, “In Jack McGovern, Ray DuFour, Jack White and Bill Shields, Coach [Jack] McAuliffe possesses the best quartet of tackles to be found in this neck of the woods.”
When the paper named DuFour second-team All-District in 1925, it said, “DuFour and McGovern are the towers of strength who have made things look bad for the opponents.”
During his senior year (1927), DuFour helped the Cardinals win the first night game in the East, 12-0, over host William & Mary. The Cards (5-3) went on to enjoy their first winning season since 1915 (the 1917 and ’18 seasons were canceled because of World War I). Following the team’s 13-0 shutout of St. John’s, The Tower said, “That St. John’s was unable to break into the scoring column was in no small measure due to the excellent defensive work of Ray DuFour at left tackle.”
“Pug” DuFour also played catcher on the CUA baseball team. One of his big highlights came when scored the winning run in a 6-5 victory over North Carolina after lacing a ninth-inning, pinch-hit double.
DuFour donated $1 million toward the construction of the DuFour Center, which opened in 1985. He was a university trustee and national president of the CUA Alumni Association in 1951-53. He earned a degree from the Columbus School of Law, which is now part of the university, and donated $2.5 million toward the new law school. DuFour was a founder and president of the Archdiocese of Washington Christian Youth Organization (CYO), and Pope Paul VI conferred on him the title of “Gentleman of His Holiness.”
A pioneer in the insurance business, DuFour died in 1990.