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.