S. Bujnovszky, fencing coach, dies


April 27, 1991

A Mass of Christian burial for Stephen Bujnovszky, who was TC fencing coach here and in his native Hungary, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, 101 Church Lane, Texas.

Mr. Bujnovszky, who was 83 and lived on Chesham Court in Cockeysville, died Wednesday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He retired in 1985 after more than 25 years as assistant coach of the Naval Academy fencing team and earlier was the coach of the Johns Hopkins team for a time.

A resident of Baltimore since he left Hungary after the 1956 revolution, he also coached or taught at clubs at the YWCA International Club, at schools and clubs in Washington, for a group of employees of what is now the Martin Marietta Corp. and in Towson, where, at the onset of his final illness, he was coaching a club meeting at the Towson Senior High School.

His students have included the current 30-year Hopkins coach, Richard Oles; Ruth White, who became the youngest woman and first black woman to win a national fencing championship in 1969; and Tibor Pezsa, who won the gold medal in the saber competition at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.

Mr. Bujnovszky coached the gold medalist while working for Hungarian sports clubs before leaving the country.

Born in Miskalc, Hungary, he was a graduate of the Bocskay Military School and of the Royal Hungarian Ludovica Military Academy.

He was captain of the saber team at the school. At the academy, which won the Hungarian collegiate fencing championship in 1929 and 1930, he was a member of the foil, epee and saber teams.

He reached the rank of major in a mounted artillery unit in the army, where he trained other officers in fencing and horseback riding, but he was imprisoned by the Soviets after World War II.

His survivors include his wife of 34 years, the former Piroska Laszlo; a daughter, Christina Maria Bujnovszky of Cockeysville; and other relatives in Hungary.

The family suggested memorial contributions to a fund bearing his name for the benefit of the fencing program at Hopkins, in care of Alan Rose, 1405 Autumn Leaf Road in Towson.

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