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Ed Lucia

Updated on October 16, 2016

Professor Ed Lucia (Fencing Coach)

CCNY Fencing Coach and 1960 Olympic Team Coach.

Ed Lucia was my Varsity fencing coach from 1970-1973.

He had a tremendous impact on my life not just in the sport of Fencing but in succeeding in the game of life...

I and my teammates honor him and offer this tribute to a great coach, a mentor, and a great humanitarian.

-June 2007

Some Photos

Edward Lucia

An article published in the CCNY Alumnus (Winter 2009) edition

Copyright by CCNY ALUMNUS Winter 2009 Issue.

An article written by Jack Lee and fellow teammates - paying tribute to our coach.

A poem written by Lucia in High School - Engravings in Steel (1933)

Foaming were the cups

Filled with bubb'ling wine

Jest were bandied forth

Toasts proposed and quaffed;

Through the noisy mirth

Rose an angry shout;

O'er the laces white

Trickles streams of red;

Oaths resounded clear

Utter silence now;

"You I challenge Sir!"

"And I accept your glove!"

"Gentlemen give pause --"

"Insults must be purged!"

"Lying tongues must cease!"

Now the space is cleared,

Doublets thrown aside;

Blade caresses blade,

Dust flied from the boards;

Sparkling are the swords,

Sparkling more the eyes;

"Use thy secret thrust!"

Shouts an eager voice.

Round the circle clear

Wary duelists tread;

Husbanding their strength

Seeking careless guards;

Swiftly speeds the lunge

Cobra's rival - ah! -

Slowly drops a sword

Foible carmine stained;

Slower sinks a form

On the tavern floor;

Sinister the hue

Seeping through the lace;

Ghastlier the hue spreading on the face

Tortured is the scream

Of the sufferer's cry;

Anguished more the face

Of the vanquisher.

Forming are the cups

Filled with bubb'ling wine;

Yet the jests are stilled

And no toasts are raised.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to George Litzenberg, Jr.] Mr. Litzenberg, I hope this gets to you. I was a young CID agent at Ft. Lee in 1968 and I had the bad fortune to pull duty over the Thanksgiving weekend. You and your family were kind enough to invite me to you home for dinner, a kindness have always remembered. I was sent to Korea (Irish luck) and finished my two year term there. I returned to the states in 1969 and as I had my law degree I ended up spending my career at PepsiCo where I was a corporate attorney. I am retired now with five children, one daughter and four sons. The reason for this email (I found you in google)from a person from your long distant past is that you are really the only FBI agent I can remember knowing and my youngest son Patrick who is 25 and a Skidmore graduate would very much like to join the bureau . Any thought would be most appreciated and once again, 41 years later, thank you for that turkey dinner. Gerry Casey 914 715-7308.

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      Jack Lee 8 years ago from Yorktown NY


      Thanks for your first hand story on Prof. Lucia. By the way, my brother-in-law

      is a retired FBI special agent out of NJ office. His name is Eugene Lee. Wonder if you know him.


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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Edward Lucia was married to my father's sister Helen. I remember Uncle Ed as far back as WWII when he was a company commander in U.S. Navy Boot Camp. He was a good frend and mentor. As an adult, I developed a fond respect for him and spent many wonderful days with him as we hunted, talked and shared our expierences with each other. As an FBI Agent, I marveled at his grasp of foreign and domestic affairs as regards to national security and law enforcement. We shared a common fondness for firearms and our Country. He has been gone 25 years now, but my fondness for him is everlasting. He will always be in my heart.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      A cherished and adored uncle!

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      Jack Lee 9 years ago from Yorktown NY

      Coach Lucia was more than a fencing coach to me and my teammates. He gave us confidence and the skills to succeed both on the strip and in the real world. He is one of my heroes and my personal Saint as I described in my Squidbook.

      -Jack Lee Epee 1974

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Coach Lucia was one of the great influences in my college years at CCNY. He inspired me to excel in the sport and by extension gave encouragement to my academic endeavors. It hase been over 35 years since I left CCNY and the Varsity Fencing Team. But I cherish my memories of Coach Lucia.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      When I was a freshman at the Baruch School of CCNY-Varsity Fencing team was housed there rather than at the uptown campus. I tried out for the team;Eddie rejected me, but I pushed him. He let me try out and 2 years later- I and Marty Wertleib and Elliot Mills won the ECAC IFA sabre championship.