A graduate of New York City's Music and Art High School, former Columbia University fencer Barry Pariser is a true renaissance man. At Columbia, his excellence with the sabre led him to unparalleled success.
As a junior in 1954, he was part of Columbia's undefeated 1954 fencing team, which swept its way to the NCAA Championship, and he was an All-American in sabre, finishing second in the nation.
Appointed captain in his senior season, Pariser once again dominated, wining the individual NCAA title in sabre, while leading the Lions to their second consecutive National Championship.
His contributions to the world of fencing continued after graduation. Pariser went on to become a member of the world championship team in Philadelphia, PA. In 1959, he completed medical school with a degree from the State University of New York. After marrying in 1960, he landed an internship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and soon began his four-year residency in otolaryngology and general surgery. He later went on to begin a private practice in Newburgh N.Y. in 1966.
One of his greatest achievements of all came in 1961 when he saved the life of former national champion, Nickolas Muray. Muray went into cardiac arrest during a friendly duel at the New York Athletic Club, but Pariser saved him just in time by performing emergency surgery with a pen knife on the 67-year old fellow fencer, in turn landing national headlines for his heroic actions.
That same year, Pariser was a member of the Maccabiah Championship sabre team and earned second in the individual sabre.