Goering, William

william goering, foil fencer

 

 Bill Goering was a true gentleman both on and off the fencing piste.  As his many saber opponents can testify, he gave most generously of his cuts while receiving very few in return.  He was a very polite, kindly man who seldom displayed anger, much preferring to win over his friends, his opponents, and the occasional errant fencing official with a knowing smile and a logical argument.  Bill was also a perfectionist who believed in precise technique and strict adherence to the rules.  He was a natural leader with strong opinions who was willing to offer advice to a beginning student as well as to AFLA and USAF presidents.

Bill was one of fencing’s renaissance men who gave generously of himself to the sport that he loved, making important contributions as a volunteer far beyond the field of active competition.  His impact was felt at all levels of fencing from serving as USFA vice president and interim executive director to his membership on many national committees, including chairing the Fencing Officials Commission, in addition to being an international competitor, he was also an international referee and a referee instructor.

Bill was born July 16, 1932 in LaPorte, Indiana, to William Augustus Goering and Elise Louise Hauck.  He attended Yale University, graduating in 1954 with a Master of Engineering degree. As a freshman student at Yale, Bill learned to fence and was made Captain of the Yale Bulldog Sabre Team in 1954.  It was the beginning of a lifelong passion for a challenging sport.  

He was recruited by Ford Motor Company in 1956 and Bill enjoyed a career spanning 35 years retiring as the Manager of the Michigan Proving Grounds. In Michigan, he fenced at the Salle de Tuscan in Detroit where he met his future wife, Monica Reimann.  In 1963 Bill took 1st place in the Michigan State Championships and Monica took 2nd place in Women’s Foil.  He was Michigan State Champion 6 times. He married Monica on August 11, 1962 in Farmington, Michigan and had one daughter, Leslie Goering.

Bill was a member of Alpha Chi Sigma, a professional chemistry fraternity and in 1990 was recognized for his outstanding accomplishments in his field by ASM International, the society for materials scientists and engineers.

His enthusiasm for the sport of fencing led him to compete or officiate in tournaments across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and South America for more than 50 years.
Bill was a relative latecomer to veteran fencing, undoubtedly because with his skill level he was still able to compete successfully in the open ranks long after most other veteran-age fencers need to find a more leveled playing field.  When he was already in his mid-sixties, Bill accomplished the unheard of in modern times achievement of winning an NAC saber crown at such an advanced fencing age.  The advent of a Veteran World Championship in 1998 drew him into active veteran competition and he qualified for the U.S. Veteran World Team every year that he competed. 

Excerpts taken from American Fencing (Summer 2005) titled
"William Goering (1932-2005): A Final Salute to a Gentleman Fencer"  By Bob Block

 

 

 
Pan Am Dress Uniform

 

 

 

 

Men's Saber World Champions

Gold Medalists
2001, Ivan Lee, Colin Parker, Jason Rogers, Timothy Hagamen, JMST

Silver Medalists
2001, Ivan Lee, JMS
2001, Timothy Hagaman, CMS
2003, Adam Crompton, Patrick Ghattas, Mike Momtselidze, Jason Rogers, JMST

Bronze Medalists
1994, Terrence Lasker, CMS
1998, Ivan Lee, CMS
1999, Colin Parker, CMS
2000, Ivan Lee, JMS
2000, Jason Rogers, CMS
2000, Mariel Zagunis, CWS
2001, Colin Parker, JMS
2002, Luther Clement, CMS
2002, Mike Momtselidze, JMS
2004, Timothy Hagamen, Alex Krul, Mike Momtselidze, Max Williams, JMST
2006, Raskyrie Davidson, CMS

Men's Saber Record Holders

17 Titles
Norman Armitage: 1929 (out), 1930, 1930 (out), 1932 (out), 1933 (out), 1934, 1935, 1935 (out), 1936, 1939, 1939 (out), 1940, 1940 (out), 1941, 1942, 1943, 1945

13 Titles
Peter Westbrook: 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1995

8 Titles
Dr. John Huffman: 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934 (out), 1936 (out), 1937, 1938, 1938 (out)

7 Titles
Tibor Nyilas: 1944, 1946, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956

5 Titles
August Anderson: 1904, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1913
Alex Orban: 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972

4 Titles
Charles Bothner: 1891, 1895, 1896, 1897
Leo Nunes: 1922, 1926, 1928 (out), 1929

3 Titles
Albertson Van Zo Post: 1901, 1902, 1903
Sherman Hall: 1915, 1916, 1920
Danial Magay: 1957, 1958, 1961

2 Titles
Graeme Hammond: 1893, 1894
Eugene Hamori: 1960, 1963
Alfonso Morales: 1966, 1967
Thomas Losonczy: 1976, 1977
Michael Lofton: 1991, 1992
Akhnaten Spencer-El: 1999, 2000
Keeth Smart: 2002, 2004

1 Titles
Hildreth Bloodgood: 1888
Luis Franke: 1889
George Heintz: 1890
Rudolph Haubold: 1892
Georges Kavanagh: 1899
John Erving: 1900
Kirk Johnson: 1905
George Postgate: 1908
Alfred Sauer: 1909
Joseph Shaw: 1910
Charles Bill: 1912
Hubert Van Blijenburgh: 1914
Chauncey McPherson: 1921
John Gignoux: 1924
Joseph Vince: 1925
Harold Van Buskirk: 1927 (out)
Peter Bruder: 1931 (out)
Irving Cantor: 1937 (out)
Miguel de Capriles: 1941 (out)
James Flynn: 1947
Dean Cetrulo: 1948
Umberto De Martino: 1949
George Worth: 1954
Dick Dyer: 1955
Thomas Orley: 1959
Michael D’Asaro: 1962
Attila Keresztes: 1964
Jack Keane: 1968
Paul Apostol: 1973
Stanley Lekach: 1978
Steve Mormando: 1987
Robert Cottingham: 1990
David Mandel: 1993
John Friedberg: 1994
Adam Skarbonkiewicz: 1996
Terrence Lasker: 1997
Patrick Durkan: 1998

*"out" refers to United States Outdoor
National Foil competitions, held twice
in AFLA/USFA history.

Men's Saber Olympians

Men's Individual Sabre
1904 William Grebe, Silver
1904 Albertson Van Zo Post, Bronze
1984 Peter Westbrook, Bronze

Men's Team Sabre
1948 Norman Armitage, Bronze
1948 George Worth, Bronze
1948 Tibor Nyilas, Bronze
1948 Dean Cetrulo, Bronze
1948 Miguel de Capriles, Bronze
1948 James Flynn, Bronze

Best Non-Medaling Olympic Performances

4th Place MST 1932
Peter Bruder, John Huffman, Ralph Faulkner, Norman Armitage, Nickolas Muray, Harold Van Buskirk

4th Place MST 1952
Norman Cudworth Armitage, Miguel Angel deCapriles, Tibor Andrew Nyilas, Alex E. Treves, George V. Worth, Allan Sidney Kwartler

4th Place MST 1960
Allan Sidney Kwartler, George V. Worth, Michael Anthony D'Asaro, Alfonso Morales, Tibor Andrew Nyilas, Richard Rex Dyer

4th Place MST 2004
Ivan Lee, Jason Rogers, Keeth Smart

5th Place MS 1948
George V. Worth

5th Place MST 1920
Edwin Gaines Fullinweider, Joseph Brooks Bloodgood Parker, C. Bradford Fraley, Arthur St. Clair Lyon, Frederick John Cunningham, Claiborne Jay Walker, John William Dimond, Roscoe Leroy Bowman

5th Place MST 1936
Peter Bruder, John Randolph Huffman, Norman Cudworth Armitage, Miguel Angel deCapriles, Bela De Nagy, Samuel Thompson Stewart, Jr.

6th Place MS 1932
John Randolph Huffman

6th Place MST 1984

7th Place MS 1948
Tibor Andrew Nyilas

US National Men's Saber Champions

1888-Present

1888 Hildreth Bloodgood
1889 Luis Franke
1890 George Heintz
1891 Charles Bothner
1892 Rudolph Haubold
1893 Graeme Hammond
1894 Graeme Hammond
1895 Charles Bothner
1896 Charles Bothner
1897 Charles Bothner
1898 WAR - NO CONTEST HELD
1899 Georges Kavanagh
1900 John Erving
1901 Albertson Van Zo Post
1902 Albertson Van Zo Post
1903 Albertson Van Zo Post
1904 August Anderson
1905 Kirk Johnson
1906 August Anderson
1907 August Anderson
1908 George Postgate
1909 Alfred Sauer
1910 Joseph Shaw
1911 August Anderson
1912 Charles Bill
1913 August Anderson
1914 Hubert Van Blijenburgh
1915 Sherman Hall
1916 Sherman Hall
1917 Arthur Lyon
1918 WAR - NO CONTEST HELD
1919 Arthur Lyon
1920 Sherman Hall
1921 Chauncey McPherson
1922 Leo Nunes
1923 Leon Schoonmaker
1924 John Gignoux
1925 Joseph Vince
1926 Leo Nunes
1927 Nickolas Muray
1927 Harold Van Buskirk(OUT)
1928 Nickolas Muray
1928 Leo Nunes(OUT)
1929 Leo Nunes
1929 Norman Armitage(OUT)
1930 Norman Armitage
1930 Norman Armitage(OUT)
1931 Johnny Huffman
1931 Peter Bruder(OUT)
1932 Johnny Huffman
1932 Norman Armitage (OUT)
1933 Johnny Huffman
1933 Norman Armitage (OUT)
1934 Norman Armitage
1934 Johnny Huffman (OUT)
1935 Norman Armitage
1935 Norman Armitage (OUT)
1936 Norman Armitage
1936 Johnny Huffman (OUT)
1937 Johnny Huffman
1937 Irving Cantor (OUT)
1938 Johnny Huffman
1938 Johnny Huffman (OUT)
1939 Norman Armitage
1939 Norman Armitage (OUT)
1940 Norman Armitage
1940 Norman Armitage (OUT)
1941 Norman Armitage
1941 Miguel deCapriles (OUT)
1942 Norman Armitage
1943 Norman Armitage
1944 Tibor Nyilas
1945 Norman Armitage
1946 Tibor Nyilas
1947 James Flynn
1948 Dean Cetrulo
1949 Umberto De Martino
1950 Tibor Nyilas
1951 Tibor Nyilas
1952 Tibor Nyilas
1953 Tibor Nyilas
1954 George Worth
1955 Dick Dyer
1956 Tibor Nyilas
1957 Daniel Magay
1958 Daniel Magay
1959 Thomas Orley
1960 Eugene Hamori
1961 Daniel Magay
1962 Michael D'Asaro
1963 Eugene Hamori
1964 Attila Keresztes
1965 Alex Orban
1966 Alfonso Morales
1967 Alfonso Morales
1968 Jack Keane
1969 Alex Orban
1970 Alex Orban
1971 Alex Orban
1972 Alex Orban
1973 Paul Apostol
1974 Peter Westbrook
1975 Peter Westbrook
1976 Thomas Losonczy
1977 Thomas Losonczy
1978 Stanley Lekach
1979 Peter Westbrook
1980 Peter Westbrook
1981 Peter Westbrook
1982 Peter Westbrook
1983 Peter Westbrook
1984 Peter Westbrook
1985 Peter Westbrook
1986 Peter Westbrook
1987 Steven Mormando
1988 Peter Westbrook
1989 Peter Westbrook
1990 Robert Cottingham
1991 Michael Lofton
1992 Michael Lofton
1993 David Mandel
1994 John Friedberg
1995 Peter Westbrook
1996 Adam Skarbonkiewicz
1997 Terrence Lasker
1998 Patrick Durkan
1999 Akhnaten Spencer-El
2000 Akhnaten Spencer-El
2001 Ivan Lee
2002 Keeth Smart
2003 Ivan Lee
2004 Keeth Smart
2005 Ivan Lee
2006 Ivan Lee

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