Mary “Demi” Huddleson
Mary Huddleson, Demi to her friends, was a long-time San Francisco fencer with Hans Halberstadt. A finalist in many Helene Mayer competitions, she was instrumental in the purchase of the trophy and the arrangements of the initial Helene Mayer Memorial Women’s Foil competition.
That trophy is now resides in the WCFA’s collection. In addition, she shared many photos of Helene Mayer with Kristen Harber, who allowed the WCFA to scan that collection. Demi was a long-time editor of American Fencing Magazine during the 1980’s. Harold Hayes donated to the WCFA a box of her files from her time as editor.
I’ll say up front that I’m sick of my desk and computer. I still spend long parts of my day here, but motivation to string my thoughts together in a coherent way have been sparse.
When I struggle with ideas for writing about fencing history for this site, I have a couple of favorite fallback topics. If you’ve been reading for awhile, you can probably guess most of them.
Having not one, but two, Helene Mayer trophies land in The Archive recently seems to have been a precursor to a small ‘golden age’ of incoming H. Mayer material that I can’t explain in any way that I can explain, but I’m happy for the good fortune.
I’ve had two brain-melting events in the last few weeks that have left me in a state of awe that I could really be so lucky. To many, it might be tough to understand how I can get such a thrill out of the circumstances that have arisen.
Regular readers will be familiar with the many tales told herein of Charles Selberg, himself a graduate of SF State (BA ’57, MA ’60). Selberg had his fencing beginnings at SF State under the tutelage of Erich Funke.
It’s interesting, writing stories about people who you never knew well. I knew Maxine well enough to recognize her when she walked into a tournament. She was always wearing a USA sweat suit of an older vintage. Even as a newbie fencer, you could recognize the respect given by those around you to someone who had
Harold Hayes of The Pacific Fencing Club on Alameda Island, Oakland, CA has been a generous contributor of cool things for the Archive. Among other things, he transferred possession of two long boxes of material he received from Mary “Demi” Huddleson, past editor of...
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