FIRST 100 LIFE MASTERS

The rank of Life Master was once the highest rank any bridge player could achieve. The designation was created by the American Bridge League in 1936 and the selection of the first Life Masters was based on national tournament successes. Below is a list of the very first 100 bridge players, on whom the rank of Life Master was bestowed.

As early as 1934, each of the three competing Bridge Organizations in the United States had a system of Master Point Awards in effect. Points won in one organization event, however, were not recognized by another organization, and as a result there was no uniform Master Point Program until the merger of the three organizations in 1936, under the name of the American Contract Bridge League. These bridge organizations were United States Bridge Association (Ely Culbertson), American Bridge League (formerly the American Auction Bridge League), and American Contract Bridge League.

As an interesting side note, the one person who brought the game of bridge to the American and European bridge playing public, Mr. Ely Culberson never attained the level of an ACBL Life Master, but he was named Honorary Member in 1938. Source: Biography of Mr. Ely Culbertson by ACBL. Mr. Alan Truscott addresses this fact also in his bridge article appearing in The New York Times, July 14, 1991, where he states: This was partly because his tournament appearances were rare and his victories very rare, but also partly because he was the head of a rival organization, the United States Bridge Association. The two bodies merged a year later, becoming the American Contract Bridge League.

1936

 

1.

David Bruce

1936

 

2.

  Oswald Jacoby

1936

 

3.

  Howard Schenken

1936

 

4.

  Waldemar K. von Zedtwitz

1936

 

5.

  P. Hal Sims

1936

 

6.

  B. Jay Becker

1936

 

7.

  Theodore A. Lightner

1936

 

8.

  Richard L. Frey

1936

 

9.

  Michael T. Gottlieb

1936

 

10.

  Sam Fry Jr.

1936

 

11.

  Merwin D. Maier

1937

 

12.

  Charles S. Lochridge

1938

 

13.

  Charles H. Goren

1938

 

14.

  A. Mitchell Barnes

1939

 

15.

  Harry J. Fishbein

1939

 

16.

  Charles J. Solomon

1939

 

17.

  Sally Young

1939

 

18.

  Fred D. Kaplan

1939

 

19.

  John D. Crawford

1939

 

20.

  Walter Jacobs

1939

 

21.

  Morrie Elis

1940

 

22.

  Phil Abramsohn

1940

 

23.

  Edward Hynes Jr.

1940

 

24.

  Alvin Landy

1941

 

25.

  Helen Sobel Smith

1941

 

26.

  Sherman Stearns

1941

 

27.

  Robert A. McPherran

1942

 

28.

  Jeff Glick

1942

 

29.

  Arthor Glatt

1942

 

30.

  Dr. Richard Ecker Jr.

1942

 

31.

  Albert Weiss

1942

 

32.

  Lee Hazen

1942

 

33.

  Peggy Solomon

1942

 

34.

  Alvin Roth

1943

 

35.

  Sidney Silodor

1943

 

36.

  Olive Peterson

1943

 

37.

  Margaret Wagar

1943

 

38.

  Peter A. Leventritt

1944

 

39.

  Edson T. Wood

1944

 

40.

  Ralph Kempner

1944

 

41.

  Arthur S. Goldsmith

1944

 

42.

  Simon Becker

1944

 

43.

  Stanley O. Fenkel

1944

 

44.

  George Rapee

1944

 

45.

  Ruth Sherman

1945

 

46.

  Robert Appleyard

1945

 

47.

  Mr. A. Lightman

1945

 

48.

  Samuel Stayman

1945

 

49.

  Edward N. Marcus

1945

 

50.

  Charles A. Hall

1946

 

51.

  Emily Folline

1946

 

52.

  Joseph E. Cain

1946

 

53.

  Harry Feinberg

1946

 

54.

  Ambrose Casner

1946

 

55.

  Samuel Katz

1946

 

56.

  Jack Ehrlenback

1946

 

57.

  J. Van Brooks

1946

 

58.

  Simon rossant

1946

 

59.

  Edward G. Ellenbogen

1946

 

60.

  Sidney R. Fink

1946

 

61.

  Bertram Lebhar Jr.

1947

 

62.

  Meyer Schleifer

1947

 

63.

  Louis Newman

1947

 

64.

  Elinor Murdoch

1947

 

65.

  Paula Bacher

1947

 

66.

  Florence Stratford

1947

 

67.

  Jules Bank

1947

 

68.

  William McGhee

1947

 

69.

  Maynard Adams

1947

 

70.

  Edith Kemp

1947

 

71.

  David Carter

1947

 

72.

  Jack Cushing

1947

 

73.

  Dr. A. Steinberg

1947

 

74.

  Jane Jaeger

1947

 

75.

  Cecil Head

1947

 

76.

  S. Garton Churchill

1947

 

77.

  Edward S. Cohn

1947

 

78.

  John Carlin

1947

 

79.

  Lawrence Welch

1947

 

80.

  Frank Weisbach

1947

 

81.

  Charlton Wallace

1947

 

82.

  Dr. Louis Mark

1947

 

83.

  Edward Taylor

1947

 

84.

  Dan Westerfield

1947

 

85.

  Tobias Stone

1947

 

86.

  Mark Hodges

1947

 

87.

  Leo Roet

1947

 

88.

  Sol Mogal

1947

 

89.

  Herbert Gerst

1947

 

90.

  Lewis Mathe

1947

 

91.

  Ludwig Kabakjian

1947

 

92.

  Gratian Goldstein

1947

 

93.

  Allen P. Harvey

1947

 

94.

  Lewis Jaeger

1947

 

95.

  Mildred Cunningham

1947

 

96.

  Elmer J. Schwartz

1947

 

97.

  Linda Terry

1948

 

98.

  Maurice Levin

1948

 

99.

  Dave Warner

1948

 

100.

  Ernest Rovere

 

 

 

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