Former ACBL President Virgil Anderson died June 19 at the age of 92. Anderson, who represented District 15 on the ACBL Board of Directors for many years, was ACBL president in 1994. The same year, Anderson won his sole NABC title, the Leventritt Silver Ribbon Pairs, playing with (then) fellow Board member Jayne Thomas of […]

Henry Francis, Hall of Famer and longtime editor of the Bridge Bulletin, died at his home August 1. He was 91 years old. Francis served as the ACBL’s executive editor 25 years – from 1972 to 1997. He also edited three editions of the Official Encyclopedia of Bridge, many editions of the World Championship Book […]

ACBL Grand Life Master John Solodar – a leading figure in the bridge scene in New York City for decades – died March 25 at the age of 76. A Bermuda Bowl champion (1981), Solodar also earned a bronze medal in the Rosenblum Teams in 1990. In ACBL events, Solodar won the Nail Life Master […]

Michael Seamon was recently found dead in his Boca Raton FL home. He was 57 years old. A much admired professional player, Seamon won 16 North American titles between 1992 and 2014. He had 10 second-place finishes as well. Many of his championships in recent years were won in partnership with Jimmy Cayne. He won the […]

Associate National Tournament Director Geoff Greene died Jan. 19 at his home in Sevierville TN. The 62-year-old, a longtime resident of the Gatlinburg area, was a Field Supervisor for ACBL tournament-directing staff in the region. A full obituary will appear in the March issue of the Bridge Bulletin. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Steinberg

Betty Ann Kennedy, a five-time world champion and member of the ACBL Bridge Hall of Fame, died Oct. 30. The 86-year-old lived in Shreveport LA. Kennedy, who held 16 NABC titles and 14 second-place finishes, was known for her genteel Southern charm, an attribute that earned her the Sidney H. Lazard Jr. Sportsmanship Award in […]

Jean Molnar, a veteran tournament director beloved by co-workers and players, died of cancer March 18 night at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego. She was 73. A full obituary appeared in the Daily Bulletins from the Reno NABC: http://cdn.acbl.org/nabc/2016/01/bulletins/db10.pdf

Paul Trent, two-time North American champion and one of the great characters of the game, died Feb. 5. He was 79. Trent was a member of the winning squad in the Men’s Board-a-Match Teams (now the Mitchell Open Board-a-Match Teams) in 1969 and 1971. He was also a member of the winning team in the […]

Grand Life Master and Hall of Fame member Mary Jane Farell died Monday, October 5.  Farell, 95, was a 19-time NABC champion and a four-time world champion. Farell’s most notable victories include the World Mixed Pairs (1966), World Women’s Pairs (1970), von Zedtwitz Life Master Pairs (1978), Venice Cup (1978) and Women’s World Team Olympiad […]

Sidney Lazard died today at his home in Dallas. The Hall of Famer was 84 years old. Lazard, one of the game’s true gentlemen and colorful characters, won 13 NABC titles, including the Vanderbilt, the Spingold and the Reisinger. Bart Bramley, Lazard’s partner in winning the 2002 Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs, called Lazard “the greatest […]