Kwartler, Allan

Allan Kwartler

Allan S. Kwartler (September 10, 1917 – November 11, 1998), born in New York City, was an American sabre and foil fencer. He was Pan-American sabre champion, 3-time Olympian, and twice a member of sabre teams that earned 4th-place in Olympic Games (1952, 1960). Kwartler began fencing at Wayne State University under Bela de Tuscan at age 28. He continued at Michigan State University under Charles Schmitter, while he earned a degree in 1948 in bacteriology. He returned to New York City in 1948, when he joined Salle Santelli. His coaches were Giorgio Santelli in sabre, and Ed Lucia in foil. He was the United States’ most consistent 2-weapon fencer in the 1950s and 1960s, a several-times US National Championships finalist in sabre and foil. In 1953 he was 2nd in foil in the National Championships; in 1954 he was 2nd in sabre and 4th in foil; in 1956 and 1960 he placed 2nd in sabre; and in 1959 3rd in sabre. He was nationally ranked 17 times in either foil or sabre between 1951 and 1965, and was a member of 10 U.S. national championship teams. Kwartler fenced in the Olympics in 1952, 1956, and 1960. His best international success was winning the 1959 Pan American Games individual sabre.