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Losing a great friend and a legend

Maître Leon Auriol 1927 – 2015Share this PostThe Northwest Fencing Center lost its founding father this week. I am sad to report that Leon Auriol passed away, but he left behind an incredible legacy for Pacific Northwest fencing. Leon came to America in 1963 and began his coaching career in the Seattle area after responding to an ad for a pentathlete fencing coach. In 1967 he received an invite from Colleen Olney (Bob and Michael Marx’s mom) to come to Portland. This began the era of Leon traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest to teach fencing. He had stops in Victoria BC, Seattle, and Portland. He taught in clubs, schools, and community colleges all around the area. In 1969, Rocky Beach established Salle Auriol in Portland Oregon. The original patch design for Salle Auriol on a green field (still used by Salle Auriol Seattle on a blue field) is Leon’s design.