Duvall Hecht

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Duvall Hecht
James Beggs, Duvall Hecht, James Fifer (left to right)
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Full name Duvall Young Hecht
Born April 23, 1930 (1930-04-23) (age 87)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Duvall Young Hecht (born April 23, 1930 in Los Angeles, California) is an American competition rower and Olympic champion.[1]

He received a gold medal in the pair without coxswain (with James Fifer) at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.[2]

A pioneer of the audiobook industry, Hecht founded Books on Tape, Inc. in 1975. He later sold the company to Random House.[3]

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

After receiving his Master's degree, Hecht went on to teach English at Menlo College in Atherton, California. While at Menlo, Hecht established Menlo's first rowing club where he was head coach until he moved to Southern California.[4]

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. ^ "Duvall Hecht". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ "1956 Summer Olympics – Melbourne, Australia – Rowing". databaseolympics.com. Retrieved May 14, 2008. 
  3. ^ "WEDDINGS; Ann Marie Rousseau, Duvall Hecht". New York Times. June 23, 2002. 
  4. ^ "Duvall Hecht, a Coach for all Seasons". Menlo College.