Robert Max Blum occupies a special place in American fencing. Beginning his successful competitive career as an All-American fencer at Trinity College, Bob went on to capture national or international points in five different decades, became the first of only 2 Americans in history to make the World Championship individual saber finals (1958) (equaled later only by Peter Westbrook) , competed on two US Olympic Teams (1964 Tokyo and 1968 Mexico City), qualified for 3 US Pan American Games teams, won the Metropolitan Division Men’s Individual Saber title 7 times, appeared almost perennially in the final round of the National Championships during the late 1950s and the 1960s, won the United States Saber Team title 10 times for Santelli and later Fencers Club, made the semi-final rounds of a world-circuit saber event at age 46, and officiated at 4 Olympic Games (1964, 1968, 1976, 1984), earning him a place in US saber fencing history. But what also sets him above and apart from so many others has been Bob’s breadth of achievement.
While balancing a remarkable half-century legal career, government service spanning six decades (which continued until his retirement just months ago, at age 80, as one of Andrew Cuomo’s NYS Assistant Attorneys General), family life as an active father of four accomplished children and husband to one of our country’s leading social welfare advocates, Bob remarkably established himself as a dangerous and yet much-loved-and-admired sabreur, competing at, captaining teams that attended, and officiating for, countless international events from the mid-1950s through the end of the 1980s. Bob was, and remains, a principled, loving—and fun-loving—alumnus of the US fencing establishment. Even in his autumn years, his family reports that he still lives, breathes and dreams fencing.
Robert Blum (left) with Alex Orban (right)
Photo below: Robert Blum and Mrs. Blum