inducted February 18, 2006
Lisa Piazza came off of Long Island to become one of the finest fencers in the annals of both Barnard College and Columbia University.
Both Barnard and Columbia? Yes, Piazza was one of those student-athletes who spanned the period between Barnard’s intercollegiate athletics program and the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium for which today’s female student-athletes compete.
Entering Barnard in 1981, Piazza helped Coach Sharon Everson’s Bears to finish 10th in the 1982 Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national championships. She placed second in foil in the individual competition to earn All-America honors. She also competed for Barnard in 1982-83, when she earned a spot on the U.S. Junior World Championship Team.
In 1983-84, this time as a Columbia Lion, she again made All-American, finishing fourth in the NCAA Championships. She was sixth in the 1984-85 NCAAs, her senior season, again earning All-American honors. She was an All-Ivy League selection as a sophomore, junior and senior.
She captained the Lions as a junior and senior, and in 1985 received the NCAA Scholar-Athlete Award.
Piazza continued to fence for the next seven years, much of it on a limited basis while attending medical school. She was a member of the 1985 U.S. World Championship Team and was first alternate for the U.S. team at the 1988 Olympics.
She received her M.D. from Weill-Medical College of Cornell in 1991. Following internship and residency at New York Hospital - Payne Whitney Clinic, she received a fellowship in psychopharmacology and went into private practice in Manhattan as a psychiatrist.
In addition to her practice, Lisa is a faculty member at Cornell, where she instructs medical students and residents in psychiatry. She has continued her professional training in psychoanalysis as a senior candidate at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.
Married in 1984 to David B. Golub, they now live in Manhattan with their two children, Elena, 8, and Benjamin, 6, both possibly future fencers. They return to her native Long Island frequently on summer vacations.
Life has become more enjoyable for Dr. Piazza and her family. Asked to describe her greatest accomplishment since graduation, she answers, “learning how to laugh more, accept mediocrity more and take things seriously much less. ““And,” she says, “having more fun!”