Follow-Up On 'Maestro' Kadar's Passing

Follow-Up On 'Maestro' Kadar's Passing

Post by WBrown60 » Thu, 30 Mar 1995 04:00:00

Pioneer USA Fencing Master Passes Away

It is not new news, but I feel a personal need to inform the U.S. Fencing
community of
the passing of one of the pioneers of our sport in the United States,
Menyhert Kadar,
who died Tuesday, March 14, in Parma Ohio. He was 81 years old.

"Mike" Kadar was not only a tremendous athlete,  the coach of National and
International Champions, and  teacher to many of the premier fencers of
our time, he
was my mentor,  and my friend. While his impact upon the "U.S. Fencing
Scene" may
never be truly recognized or realized, Kadar's impact upon  fencing
students, instilling
the classical beauty, tactical precision, and personal discipline that
truly competitive,
"World Class," Championship Fencing demands can never go unnoticed.

What follows is Kadar's Obituary, as published in the Cleveland Plain
Dealer, March 17.
We who knew Kadar, and were trained by him, will always be greatful for
that
opportunity. He was truly one of a kind.

Herb James
Fencing Coach - CWRU
Cleveland, Ohio - 3/24/95


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Menyhert 'Mike' Kadar, fencing coach, professor
by Richard M. Perry - Plain Dealer Reporter

INDEPENDENCE, OH --- Menyhert "Mike" Kadar made Cleveland a national
center for
the sport of fencing. He was instrumental in bringing major tournaments
here during
the many years he worked for the Cleveland Recreation Department and
taught at Case
Western Reserve University. He coached and trained some of the top fencers
in the
country.

Mr. Kadar was one of the first fencers on modern times to master all three
weapons:
foil, saber, and epee.

Mr. Kadar, 81, died Tuesday (3/14) at Parma Community General Hospital.

He was born in a suburb of Budapest, Hungary. He attended a variety of
high schools
and eventually earned  a college degree at Pazmany Peter Science
University in
Budapest. He joined the Hungarian national fencing team in 1936, and was
training for
the 1940 Olympics when the games were canceled because of World War II.  

During the war, Mr. Kadar worked for the interior ministry in Hungary. He
secretly
participated in the underground while his country was occupied by Nazi
Germany. He
helped Jews and others targeted for concentration camps to escape.

In December 1944, Mr. Kadar took a short train trip to Vienna to escort
wives and
children of government officials fleeing the Allied bombing of Budapest.
While he was
in Vienna, he learned that Budapest had been captured by the Russians, so
he did not
return.

Mr. Kadar came to the United States after the war. He became the city
recreation
department's head fencing coach in the early 1950's, and instituted many
programs in
recreation centers across the city. He also gave instruction at his Salle
D'Armes fencing
studio on Brecksville Rd. in Independence. He became a professor of
physical
education at CWRU, and served as the school's fencing coach until the late
1980's.

Mr. Kadar was appointed the training coach for the United States team in
the 1971 Pan-
American Games. The next year he served as trainer of the  Olympic fencing
team. He
also coached in the World Fencing Championship Tournaments in those years.
One of
his CWRU students, Alan Miles Ruben, served as captain of the Pan-American
and
Olympic teams. Another student, John Nadas, became a National Collegiate
Fencing
Champion.

Mr. Kadar was active in every major fencing organization. He served two
terms as vice
president of the National Fencing Coaches Association of America. He was
inducted
into the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.

Mr. Kadar married his wife, Ilona Helen, in 1956. She died in 1983. Mr.
Kadar was a
resident of Independence for 35 years. Mr. Kadar is survived by a sister,
Ida, of Solon.