Eddie LeMaire

Edward (“Eddie”) LeMaire, born in 1924, was an accomplished figure skater, speed skater, and roller skater. His parents, Francois and Maude LeMaire, were skating vaudevillians. Eddie and his sister younger Patty performed alongside them in ice skating shows in a variety of venues nationwide. Eddie began speed skating at age four and won more than two dozen racing medals. When his parents settled in New York he joined The Skating Club of New York and trained with Willie Boeckl. He won the U.S. junior pairs title with Dorothy Goos in 1942 and won the U.S. junior men’s title the following year. He also entered a national roller skating competition on a dare and won the senior men’s event.

Eddie’s service in World War II as a Navy flight instructor ended his skating career. He married heiress Muriel Gerli, a Skating Club of New York member, after the war and graduated from the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada in Reno. They raised three children—Richard (b. 1947), Dorinda (b. 1950), and Diana (b. 1951)—in Rye, New York. When Eddie worked as a stockbroker on Wall Street, he began judging along the Eastern seaboard. By 1960 he was a national judge. At the suggestion of the USFSA Eddie went to the 1961 Worlds, a prelude to his nomination as a world judge.