Anthony “Jack” Keane is an Olympian (individual sabre; 1968), a three time medalist at the Pan American Games, a national champion in 1968 and a 1987 NYAC Hall of Fame inductee.
Keane was born and raised in the Bronx. He graduated from Stuyvesant High and enrolled at NYU, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. Keane entered the army after college and served from 1946 to 1948.
Keane joined the NYAC in 1959, where he blossomed into an elite international fencer. He had only begun to fence in 1957 but rapidly proved to be one of the best in the country. In 1958, Keane qualified for the finals of the national foil championships. Despite losing in that match, Keane followed up on his strong performance by winning the 1959 Metropolitan three-weapon championship.
In 1962, despite his success at the sabre, Keane switched to foil - a difficult transition for any fencer. Keane, however, segued with ease, winning two gold medals at the 1967 Pan American Games in the individual and team sabre events. In 1968, Keane won a national championship and qualified for the Olympic Games in Mexico City. Unfortunately, he was eliminated in the second round of the competition.
Four years later, at the 1971 Pan American Games, the 42 year old Keane won a silver medal in the team sabre event.
In addition to his international success, Keane greatly contributed to the Club’s reputation as NYAC fencing chairman. His most notable accomplishment in that capacty was the creation of the prestigious Martini and Rossi International tournament, which attracted the greatest fencers in the world for a competition at the City House.
Keane passed away April 17, 2016, at the age of 87.