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Pasche, Marcel

Marcel Pasche 1930 Epee champion

Marcel Pasche was born in Switzerland and his father later moved the family to Turkey and then to New York City.  He probably learned to fence in Switzerland.  Fluent in french, Marcel joined the J. Sanford Saltus Club which was housed in the French YMCA.

1930 Epee Champion
marcelpascheportrait.jpgMarcel Pasche was born in Switzerland and his father later moved the family to Turkey and then to New York City.  He probably learned to fence in Switzerland.  Fluent in french, Marcel joined the J. Sanford Saltus Club which was housed in the French YMCA.

During the 1928-9 season, he won the US Junior National Epee Championships. And the next year he dominated the US Nationals going undefeated in the finals of the 1930 Men’s Epee championships.

Rene Pinchart, head coach at the Fencers’ Club, heard about a job opening at West Point and referred Marcel who became the fencing Coach at Army in 1953, and  he worked a couple of seasons.  His fencing equipment was donated to West Point.  “He loved the outdoors.  He’d go outside, take a moment to deeply breathe in the air and then stretch his arms out and have a look of joy.  He really was bonded to nature.” Marie Retherford   (Marcel Pasche’s daughter)