Auriol, Leon

Leon Auriol

Seattle’s fencing master, Leon Auriol, dead at 88.

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Seattle’s fencing master, Leon Auriol, dead at 88

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ByEric Jensen, Published September 1, 2015

SEATTLE, Wash. –

Seattle’s long time fencing master, Leon Auriol, passed away this weekend after a brief illness.
Auriol moved from France with his brother to the Pacifc Northwest in 1963. Together they helped spread the sport of Olympic Fencing along the West Coast.
Auriol estimated he taught more than 60,000 lessons in his 60-year career as a teacher.
The 88-year old was working at his South Lake Union studio until recently, when he became ill. His famlily was at his side when Auriol passed away over the weekend. Leon is survived by his wife, brother and two children.
A memorial service was held Tuesday night at the school he founded.

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