Arlette Kurz Schutte
1938 - 2005
Arlette Schutte was a pioneer in the ACBL Education Program. One of the original five TAP Trainers, she was responsible for accrediting hundreds of teachers in the 1980s and 1990s. Arlette worked extensively as a bridge host on many bridge cruises and was the creator of the ACBL's popular continuing education course, "Bridge Teachers and Bridge Cruises," which she introduced at the New Orleans NABC in 1995, which is still being offered today at NABCs. Arlette was one of the stars in the ACBL's television production for PBS, "Bridge Brush Up." She was a former trustee of the ACBL Educational Foundation.
Arlette lived her life to the fullest. All who knew her will attest that Arlette was, indeed, full of life -- enjoying each endeavor and adventure. She graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S. and a Masters in Education, doing post-graduate work at New York University. She was a New York City stockbroker and a home improvements contractor. Arlette did most of the work herself to create a fantastic update of a waterfront home she owned in Daytona Beach.
The last three years of her life were spent in China, teaching English as a second language and, of course, teaching bridge on the side to her university students. Many of us were privileged to enjoy Arlette's experiences vicariously through her e-mails.
A Silver Life Master, she was the consummate teacher -- and student. She treasured all of her friends, as they did her. Beautiful on the outside and equally beautiful on the inside, Arlette leaves us with wonderful memories and examples of how one should relish this life. She was a remarkable woman, and she led an extraordinary life. Arlette will be missed by her many friends who will forever remember her warm smile.