James Melcher– Olympian, World Cup Medalist, 2-time National Champion
World Cup Bronze Medalist (Martini and Rossi, London 1972)
Finalist, Poitiers, 1970
Pan American Gamers Gold Medalist, Team Epee, 1971
5-times member of World Championship Team (965, ’70, ’71, ’73, ’77)
2-Time National Champion, Men’s Individual Epee (1971, ’72)
Jamie came late to fencing as a freshman at Columbia and became one of the most elegant epee fencers of his generation. He has served as Chairman of the New York Fencers Club, has been a significant benefactor to the Club, and remains as an active fencer and mentor.
Jamie Melcher and children, photo by Andy Shaw
James Melcher came to fencing as a freshman at Columbia University and blossomed into one of the most elegant epee fencers of his generation under the guidance of Michel Alaux at the New York Fencers Club. Known as Jamie, his college fencing was interrupted for a year when he enlisted into the Army Reserve, as he was on active duty for 6 months. His National results are impressive.
-He is a two=time National Champion, having won the title in the successive years of 1971 – 1972
He was an Olympian in 1972- first alternate 1n1968, first alternate in 1976 and second alternate in 1980
-He was a Pan American Games team member in 1963 and 1971 (when he won team gold in epee)
He was a member of the U.S, World Championship Team 5 times- 1965, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1977
Jamie was one of the first American fencers to understand the value of competing internationally and one of the very few epeeists oh his time to achieve significant results including-
3d Place Martini & Rossi London 1970
Finalist Poitiers France 1970
!970 ranked 17th in the World
Jamie’s service includes his role as chairman of the New York Fencers Club-the oldest active fencing club in the United States. Now in his 70’s he still fences regularly at the Fencers Club where his cunning, combined with his elegant and classical style still allows him to go toe to toe with members of the World epee squad and he always finds time to help mentor club mates-from beginners to the more experienced with strategy and technique. Jamie made a personal commitment to help keep the Fencers Club active when there was a possibility it might have closed its doors.
George Masin, Lew Siegel and Jamie Melcher, photo by Carl Borack