A four-year member and two-year letter winner on the NU football squad that is being inducted posthumously after passing away in 2005 after a battle with cancer. Tourigny was better known by his teammates with the nickname “Moose.” He was a lineman that served as a team captain during the 1952 season, helping lead the Cadets to a 5-4 season, including a 26-14 victory over Middlebury on Nov. 1. He was also a member of the 1951 squad that was the first team inducted into the Norwich Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991 after going 6-2, which was the best record in a decade.
“Moose was a real Norwich supporter,” said classmate Chuck Auer. “He was a super individual that would always speak fondly of his time at Norwich and try and actively recruit others to attend the school after he graduated. It would mean a lot to him to be here for this occasion.”
Upon graduating from Norwich in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, ‘Moose’ served his country for 21 years in the US Army Signal Corps. He served overseas tours of duty in Zaire, the African Congo, Germany and Japan. During his service, he earned the Bronze Star Medal, the Joint Services Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.
His widow Shirley lives in Vero Beach, Fla.