Duvall Hecht

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Hecht, Duvall
(left to right) James Beggs, Duvall Hecht, James Fifer

Duvall Hecht (born April 23, 1930) is an American competition rower and Olympic champion.

He received a gold medal in the pair without coxswain (with James Fifer) at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.[1]

A pioneer of the audio book industry, Hecht founded Books on Tape, Inc. in 1975. He later sold the company to Random House.[2]

Before that, he obtained a Master's degree in Journalism from Stanford University and was a Marine pilot.

Hecht established the rowing team at University of California, Irvine in 1965. Later he went on to coach the rowing team of UCLA before coming back to Irvine in the 1990s. Hecht once again returned as the head coach of the men's varsity rowing program at UCI in the fall of 2008.


  1. ^ "1956 Summer Olympics – Melbourne, Australia – Rowing". databaseolympics.com. Retrieved 14 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "New York Times Wedding Announcement" (Published June 23, 2002)