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JOHN A. MOREAU '77
Inducted 1998



A native of Endicott, NY, John Moreau competed in fencing, cross country, track and swimming at Binghamton from 1969-1972. He received his bachelor's degree in art history from Binghamton in 1977, and earned his master's degree in education from Southwest Texas State University in 1984.
A prolific fencer who achieved world-wide distinction after graduating from Binghamton, Moreau became the first athlete from the University to compete in the Olympics. He was a member of the U.S. fencing team at both the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, and 1988 Games in Seoul, Korea.
Moreau, a former Army officer who has also gained notoriety in the modern pentathlon and military pentathlon, has competed in more than two dozen world championship events. He participated in 30 U.S. Fencing National Championships, and has been a competitor at nine Olympic Trials for fencing and modern pentathlon. While an undergraduate, Moreau was a cross country standout, advancing to the NCAA Championships in 1969. The team's MVP in 1970 and 1971, he won more races than any other runner, and established five course records. He also competed in track and swimming before joining the U.S. Army in 1973. After his discharge in 1976, Moreau returned to Binghamton and completed his bachelor's degree.
A fifth degree black belt in karate, Moreau went on to teach fencing and self-defense at Southwest Texas State. As fencing coach, his teams captured 13 state championships between 1984 and 1997.


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