Goodbye to a Dear Friend
We were all saddened today to hear of the death of Nadine Wood. Nadine has been a USBF member and supporter since our formation. She was a member of the Women's International Team Trials Committee when it was first formed by ACBL and continued to be an active and valued member of the Committee, now a USBF committee, through the Toronto meeting. She was always there to help, whether that meant finding space for the Women's and Senior Team Trials at MABC Regionals, serving as a wonderful hostess at those same Trials, working tirelessly at seeding for NABC events, and on and on. She will be sorely missed!
At the Detroit Women's and Senior Team Trials this year, USBF held a party to honor and thank Nadine for all of her hard work over the years. We did not know this would be the last time we would see Nadine at the Trials, but wanted to take the opportunity of having the two Trials together to thank Nadine. Unfortunately, we haven't been able to get very many pictures from that evening, but here are a few, thanks to Sandy Arlinghaus & Suzi Subeck:
Edith Kemp Freilich
We've heard that Edith Kemp Freilich passed away late in the afternoon of Saturday, May 14th. Edith was an amazing bridge player and wonderful person, and even though she hasn't been active recently, we will all miss her.
Quoting from her ACBL Hall of Fame Biography:
She joined Josephine Culbertson and Helen Sobel Smith in the select group of 22 bridge greats.
Freilich and Smith were the only two women who have won the Vanderbilt, the Spingold and The Reisinger (formerly the Chicago). In fact, only 41 players throughout ACBL history have won all three.
Freilich won her first major championship – the NABC Women’s Pairs – with Mae Rosen in 1941. More than 50 years and 29 additional NABC titles later, her competitive drive and skill remain strong.
What keeps Freilich going? For one thing, she still loves the game. "It’s wonderful to have a sport you love," she says. "I’m going to be playing bridge as long as I can walk and talk."
Teammates and opponents admire Freilich’s tenacity.
"She’s tough and dangerous and always capable of making a fine play," says Shawn Quinn, whose team defeated Freilich’s team in the final of the Women’s Knockout Teams at the 1996 Summer NABC in Miami Beach .
Aileen Osofsky, chairman of the ACBL Goodwill Committee, recalls that Judi Radin, her bridge teacher, once pointed out Freilich and said: "That’s who I want to be when I grow up."
UNDER 26 TEAM FOR CROATIA
The 3 pairs who will represent USBF in the Under 26 events at the World Youth Championship in Croatia in August were chosen after two days of online competition. Our U26 team for Croatia will be:
Roger Lee - Dan Wolkowitz
Jeremy Fournier - Mitch Towner
Kevin Dwyer - Owen Lien