The head of a talented bridge family died January 22, 2010: Dick Benson. With almost 12,750 masterpoints, Dick was #247 on the list of the top Masterpoint holders in the ACBL.
Yet, Dickís pride came not from his own substantial accomplishments at the table; they came from the rest of his family. Dick was thrilled when wife Chris became a Grand Life Master in 2008 with her win in the Whitehead Womenís Pairs. He delighted in the success of his daughter Martha Katz, a world Junior champion. And when grandson Sam won the 0-1500 Mini-Spingold in 2007, no one was more excited than Dick. He also beamed at the mention of son-in-law Ralph Katz, whose long list of national and international titles culminated in victory at the most recent Bermuda Bowl.
In addition to Dickís family of champions, he had friends throughout the bridge world. Although a tough competitor, no one was more of a good sportsman than Dick. If partner didnít find the right line of play, Dick was supportive. If an opponent came up with a winning defense, Dick offered congratulations. He enjoyed the successes of his friends more than he did his own.
Perhaps there is someone in the bridge world that is more positive, more supportive and with a bigger heart than Dick Benson Ė but, his friends canít think of anyone. He will be missed.
Submitted by Peg Kaplan