Paul Friedberg was the recipient of the Class of 1915 Award in 1981, the first fencer to receive the award which is presented annually to “that member of the senior class who most closely approaches the ideal University of Pennsylvania student-athlete.”


Friedberg was a four-time all-Ivy League choice in saber competition, a three-time All-American, and the NCAA saber champion in 1980 and 1981.  He was a member of Pennsylvania’s 1981 NCAA championship team, and a member of the U.S. junior national team as an undergraduate, and competed for the United States in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.


Friedberg graduated with degrees from the Wharton School and from the College of Engineering and Applied Science.  On learning of his selection as the Class of 1915 winner he said: “Receiving this award brings Penn very close to my heart.”