NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Friends, alumni and the Yale fencing team celebrated the 40th anniversary of head coach Henry Harutunian on October 9, 2010 at the William K. Lanman Center inside Payne Whitney Gym. Coach Harutunian was honored for his 40 years of service and dedication to Yale fencing. The night began with a reception in the Kiphuth Trophy Room followed by dinner and an evening of celebration in the Lanman Center.
Masters of ceremonies Elizabeth Merritt ’81 and Steve Blum ’74 began the night with their opening remarks followed by the presentation of the Dernell Every Medals to alumni who won fencing events earlier in the day. The celebration of Coach Harutunian’s 40th anniversary continued with remarks from the 2010-2011 Yale fencing captains, junior Jonathan Holbrook and sophomore Madeline Oliver, as well as Les Fagan ’71, Valerie Asher ’82, Peter Devine ’00, Sada Jacobson ’06.
The night concluded with a gift presentation, done by the Jacobson family, to Coach Harutunian which included a commemorative 40th anniversary ring, a Tiffany & Co. decanter and glasses as well as a picture frame which was signed by all guests who attended the celebration. Coach Harutunian wrapped up the celebration with personal remarks.