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Carol Sanders 1932 - 2012

Carol Sanders, a member of the ACBL Bridge Hall of Fame and winner of four world championships, died of cancer on Monday at her home in Nashville. She was 80. Her husband and fellow Hall of Fame member, Tommy Sanders, died last December.

Sanders and Betty Ann Kennedy formed one of the world's top women's partnerships, winning four world championships together, including two Venice Cups (1974 and 1976), the former Women's Olympiad Teams (1984) and the World Women's Pairs (1982). Sanders was non-playing captain of the winning Venice Cup squad in 1987. Her accomplishments internationally included four silver and two bronze medals. Sanders achieved the highest World Bridge Federation ranking of World Grand Master.

She won 17 North American championships with 14 seconds.

Sanders and her husband, affectionately known to friends and family as Mama and Papa Bear, were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002 as recipients of the von Zedtwitz Award for their many contributions to bridge.

A full obituary will be published in the November Bridge Bulletin.

Carol Sanders