Joseph Angyal, Jr. is an Olympian (London, 1948; double sculls), a 15 time national champion in rowing and a 1984 NYAC Hall of Fame Inductee.
Joseph Angyal was born December 6th, 1916 in New York City. In the 1930s, Angyal was one of the most dominant rowers in the country, and subsequently became one of the greatest in NYAC history. Angyal was an eight time champion in the national single sculls 145 lbs class between 1936 and 1948; he also won seven championships in the single scull sprint.
The peak of Angyal’s career was interrupted due to WWII, where he served as a Fighter Pilot in the Southwest Pacific. After the war was over, Angyal worked as a New York City firefighter.
Despite his hiatus, Angyal began rowing again after the war had ended. He qualified for the 1948 Olympic Games in London – although he did not win a medal – and, four years later, he won the 1952 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta championship.
Angyal’s life came to an abrupt and tragic end on June 26th, 1954. He was piloting a Navy airplane that crashed off the coast of Long Island. He was 38 years old.