Maestro Charlie Schmitter was fencing coach at Michigan State University for 45 years. He was the first American-born fencing master, the first fencing master to coach at an American university, Professor Emeritus at MSU, and owner of a collection of rare books on fencing, now donated to the MSU Library. He trained my first fencing coach, Fred Freiheit, himself a great fencer and coach in his own right, and my second fencing coach, Dale Walter.
He died in his sleep at 1:45 pm on Saturday.
The wake is Thursday. I am sending flowers.