A two-time Olympian, (1964, 1976), she fenced in five World Championships (1965, ’66, ’69, ’70, ’75), as well as the Pan American Games of 1975 (Bronze Medal). She was the winner of the 1971 Terre des Hommes in Montreal. For nearly two decades, she was a nationally ranked women’s foilist (1959-1976). She captained the Salle Santelli Women’s Foil Team to five national titles. She was also a 3-time chair of the New Jersey Division, coach of Brooklyn College for over a decade at Brooklyn College before becoming Assistant Director of Athletics.. In 1975 and ’76, she was NIWFA College Coach of the Year.. Her students have become champions and successful coaches in their own right.
VIDEO: Denise O’Connor interviewed by Andy Shaw 2012
(2 Hall of Famers) Giorgio Santelli(1920 Olympic gold medalist and 5-time Olympic Coach) conversing with student and old friend Denise O’Connor(2-time Olympian).
Left to right: Gladys Ramos, Marilyn Massiero, Carolyn Chesney, Ann O’Donnell, Linda Albanese, Carol Wright, Emily Grompone, Barbara Moravec, Denise O’Connor