Alumni /  Bruce Bott '59 RIP

Fordham Prep is saddened to announce the passing of long-time faculty member, coach, and Dean of Students Mr. Bruce Bott '59 after a long illness.

A Bronx native, Mr. Bott made his mark on Fordham Prep both as a student and during his time on the faculty. He started his career at the Prep in 1967 as a history teacher, and coached football and basketball. Bruce took on various roles during his forty-year career at Fordham Prep - eleven years as the Prep's athletic director, thirteen years as the director of the Higher Achievement Program (HAP) and 18 years as Dean of Students.

As the head basketball coach, Bruce’s teams won more than 100 games, 76 of them during his last four seasons, as well as two Bronx-Manhattan A-Division Championships. As head football coach, his teams compiled a 78-50-6 record, including a league championship. He was inducted into the Catholic High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2002 and into the Fordham Prep Hall of Honor in 2007.

As a history teacher, Bruce managed to incorporate a bit of football into his classes. More than a few students have recalled his lecturing on the Battle of Thermopylae, in which 300 Spartans held off tens of thousands of Persians. Mr. Bott drew the battle on the blackboard using X’s and O’s and described the Spartan tactics as a "squeeze play."

Whether the memories are from the football field, the basketball court, the Dean’s Office, the classroom, or the Faculty Lounge, those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with Bruce during his forty years of service were left with memories that reflect the utmost respect for a man who embodies the values of Fordham Prep.

More information regarding funeral arrangements can be found here:

"My wish for you today is this: Someday when you are old, you can look back on the choices well made, secure in the knowledge of having been a good husband and a good father, successful in your chosen profession, and a proud graduate of Fordham Prep." - Bruce Bott '59

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