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Top 10 Fencers of CCNY

Updated on December 17, 2017
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I am retired and a former epee fencer at CCNY Varsity and USFA. I have achieved the rank of A and have competed in National tournament.


CCNY has a long and rich history as an institution of higher learning. It was established in 1847 as a free public university in NYC. It is also the home of many athletes who went on to achieve greatness. This article will focus on the sport of fencing. Here are the top 10 fencers/coaches of CCNY.

- Dec. 2017

The Top 10 List...

The following 10 fencers and coaches were all members of the CCNY Hall of Fame. In addition, they have gone on and achived much more in USA Fencing including Olympics medals and World Championships.

  • Albert Axlrod - His obituary in the NYT.
  • Dr. Daniel Bukantz - His obituary in the NYT.
  • Abram Cohen - Abe Cohen competed in the Melbourne Olympics of 1956, the World Championships of 1968 and 1961, and the Pan American Games of 1955. He was US National Men’s Epee champion in two consecutive years: 1955 (the last year of the three-touch epee championship) and 1956. He was the AFLA President’s 3-Weapon Champion in 1955 and ’56. In 1957 & 1958, he was the winner of the Giorgio Santelli Masters’ Sabre. As a collegiate fencer, he was a member of the NCAA Champion CCNY team in 1948.
  • Hal Goldsmith - member of the 1952, 1956, 1960 US Olympic team. His obituary.
  • Neil Lazar - His obituary at Legacy.
  • Nathaniel Lubell - Nate Lubell attended City College of New York (CCNY), graduating in 1936. He later became an artist and designed over 15 US postage stamps. During the Nuremburg Trials after World War II, Lubell was one of the courtroom artists. Lubell was US foil champion in 1948, while fencing for the Fencers Club of New York. He also helped his club win the team foil in 1949-51, 1953, and 1955-56 at the Amateur Fencers League of America (AFLA) Championships. In addition to his three Olympic appearances, Lubell competed at the 1951 Pan American Games, winning gold medal in team foil and team sabre, a silver medal in team épée, and a bronze in individual foil. He was a lifelong member of The New York Fencers' Club, serving as its President during the 1970s, and also coached fencing at West Point from 1962-66. Lubell was inducted into the CCNY Athletic Hall of Fame in 1969.
  • Edward Lucia - US Coach 1958 World Championships
    Alternate US Olympic Coach for Melbourne 1956 and Tokyo 1964
    US Pan American Games squad coach 1959 and 1963
    At C.C.N.Y. he produced 4 Intercollegiate champions and 3 champion saber teams.
    Coached the Salle Lucia women’s foil team to 2 US National championships and 3 US Individual titles.
    Produced international champions in both men’s and women’s fencing
    1963 he was nominated Director, US Olympic training camp
    1964 he was named “Collegiate Fencing Coach of the Year.”
    He was a member of the Board of Directors of the AFLA
    Vice President of the National Fencing Coaches Association of America
  • Arnold Messing
  • James Montague
  • Herbert Spectror PhD - Passed away Nov. 2017 at age 98. And member of Hall of Fame USA Fencing.
  • Wang Yung’s home page.

Two Side by Side at The Fencers Club - NYC

Dan Bukantz Epee Bout

A Bit of History...

The above photo is an epee match at the Fencers Club in 1962 with Daniel Bukantz.

Here is link to the archive with an audio clip...

There is a special bond between fencers of CCNY and the Fencers Club in NYC. A long standing tradition that continues today. There are numerous members that are also alumni of CCNY and growing...

Edward Lucia


The sport of fencing is a unique experience. It is also one of the sports that does not have a great audience or participation. In fact, it is estimated that there are only 26,000 active fencers in the USA in 2017. Yet, it is one of the modern Olympic sports since its inception in 1896.

It is my pleasure to introduce some famous CCNY fencers and coaches over the years. They have made us proud.

© 2017 Jack Lee


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