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Bill Passell 1930-2010

ACBL Grand Life Master Bill Passell of Boynton Beach FL died May 9 from multiple myeloma. He was 79.

Passell earned three NABC titles during his long career: the 1985 Spingold Knockout Teams, the 1972 Mixed Board-a-Match Teams and the 1960 Rockwell Mixed Pairs. He had three second-place finishes in top events also: the 1984 Jacoby Open Swiss Teams, the 1980 Grand National Teams and the 1968 Wernher Open Pairs.

Passell earned more than 19,416 masterpoints and was No.77 on ACBL’s all-time masterpoint leader list at the time of his death.

Besides being a top player, Passell contributed to the game through his work as a national recorder and as a member of the National Appeals Committee. Passell taught bridge and was well known to students in New York and South Florida.

Passell is survived by wife Marlene, four children and seven grandchildren, as well as brother Michael Passell (also a Grand LM) and sister Marlene.

Bill Passell