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1952 Olympian Ed Vebell Passes Away

02/16/2018, 9:00am CST
By Nicole Jomantas

1952 Olympian Ed Vebell.

Vebell won gold at the Martini & Rossi Cup in 1964.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The USA Fencing family lost 1952 Olympian Ed Vebell (Westport, Conn.) on Feb. 9.

Vebell, a 2015 U.S. Fencing Hall of Fame inductee, passed away from congestive heart failure at the age of 96.

The two-time National Team Champion in men’s epee, had success in both the epee and foil weapons at the 1951 Pan American Games where he earned gold in team foil, silver in team epee and bronze in individual epee.

Although a detached retina after the 1952 Games, kept Vebell from returning to the Olympic stage, his name was written in the history books again in 1964 when he became the first U.S. epeeist to win a World Cup title when he took gold at the Marini & Rossi Cup in New York.

A talented artist as well as a top fencer, Vebell was enlisted in the Army during World War II and created artwork for Stars and Stripes magazine. After the war ended, Vebell stayed in Europe where he attended the Nuremberg Trials in 1945 as a courtroom artist whose sketches would later be included in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Vebell is survived by his three children (Victoria, Renee and Andra) and three grandchildren (Jason Cohen, Dylan Hoy and Colin Hoy).

Services will be held in Vebell’s memory on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 2-5 p.m. at The Westport Historical Society, 25 Avery Pl. in Westport, Conn.

The family has requested that donations in lieu of flowers should be made to the American Red Cross.

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