World Bridge Federation President Emeritus Jaime Ortiz-Patino died on Thursday. Ortiz-Patino took over as the fifth president of the WBF in 1976. At that time, the organization was still dealing with the fallout from the scandal that occurred during the Bermuda Bowl in 1975, when two Italians were caught tapping toes during the competition. There were other, similar problems, and Ortiz-Patino is credited with helping return the game - in reality and image - to its former status as a sport for honorable competitors.
Ortiz-Patino's interests extended beyond bridge. One of his proudest moments was in 1997, when golf's Ryder Cup was played at his Valderrama Golf Club in Spain. It was the first time the event was played on the European continent.