Fencing Alumni Gather to Honor Legendary Coach Arthur Tauber and Announce Creation of Scholarship Fund

Coach Tauber (left) received a portrait from Dr. Warren Enker, an alumnus of 1962.

Jun 25, 2008 — Over 130 Yeshiva University (YU) alumni and their spouses turned out on Sunday, June 22 for an emotional reunion, organized by the Office of Alumni Affairs, in honor of legendary fencing coach, Arthur Tauber. A former Olympian and war hero, Dr. Tauber served as fencing coach and physical education teacher at YU’s Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women for over 36 years.

The reunion, at the YU Museum on 15 West 16th Street in New York City, paid tribute to Dr. Tauber’s illustrious career as one of the most successful coaches in YU athletics history.

“The fencing reunion was an incredible opportunity for our alumni to pay tribute to a seminal figure in YU’s history,” said Paula Simmonds, director of Alumni Affairs, Institutional Advancement and Annual Giving. “It’s a home run when our alumni also have an opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and their alma mater.”

Highlights from the evening included an elegant cocktail reception and dinner, remarks by former students and family members of Dr. Tauber, a portrait presentation, and the dedication of a scholarship fund in the coach’s honor.

Dr. Tauber, who was named professor emeritus in 1986, gave a heartfelt speech to the crowd. “Before I go any further I must thank my wife, Lenore, for allowing me to moonlight all those years and teach the sport of fencing that I loved so much,” Dr. Tauber said to his wife of 66 years. “I have been blessed with a warm and loving family—four children, 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren—and all my Yeshiva University students. I could not ask for more.”

Drew Kopf ’68YC created a Website in recognition of the beloved coach, which was unveiled at the reunion. “While preparing this Website for our coach over the past several weeks, I have been privileged to meet my teammates from across several decades who have been inspired and influenced by his leadership,” Kopf said.

“As we were growing up,” recalled Dr. Tauber’s son, Richard, “we always knew our father was a winning fencer and coach, but we never thought about how many lives he was touching throughout the sport after his competitive fencing years. To have his fencers—now accomplished professionals in their own right—pay tribute to him after all these years, touches our family and makes us realize he was not only a coach, but an educator, mentor, and friend to you all.”

Dr. Warren Enker ’62YC presented Dr. Tauber with an oil canvas portrait commissioned for the event and painted by Rivka Siegel, an art student at Stern College. “We are brought here by a collective desire to acknowledge Coach’s continuing role as a life-force in each of us, a powerful testimony from people in all walks of life,” said Dr. Enker, who also announced the establishment of the Coach Arthur Tauber Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to an upperclassman on the fencing team who demonstrates upstanding character and combined academic and athletic excellence, as well as a dedication to the values of Torah Umadda.

If you would like to contribute to the Coach Arthur Tauber Scholarship Fund, please contact Mariam Berzon at alumni@yu.edu or 212-960-5400 ext. 5777.

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