Kate Buckman (1902-1997) of Toronto ON, bridge teacher, director and bridge club owner. She introduced duplicate bridge to Vancouver BC shortly after World War II. She opened her studio in Toronto in 1959. It developed into the largest bridge club in Canada averaging 300 tables a week and 750 students a year. Many bridge stars and personalities such as Sami Kehela, Eric Murray, George Mittelman, Percy Sheardown, Bruce Elliott and Bruce Gowdy developed at this studio. She had certain ideals and traditions upon which she was insistent and these remain in effect today. In 1973 she received the Edwin A. Wetzlar Memorial Award and was made ACBL Honorary Member. In 1983 she suffered a stroke and in 1990 sold her studio, but continued to visit and play occasionally. In 1982 the Metropolitan Toronto B.A. donated a trophy to Unit 166 to honor Kate. The Kate Buckman Award recognizes special qualities, not solely bridge ability. She was its first recipient.
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