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Warren Rosner, 1944-2013

My dear friend Warren Rosner passed away last Friday, at the age of 69.

Warren won the Blue Ribbon Pairs in 1980, the Spingold in 1981, and a few other nationals. In 1982, he was on the Luella Slaner team that finished second in the Vanderbilt, one of the early sponsored teams. He was a great natural card player, but his primary characteristics at the table were his easy-going demeanor and utter lack of pretension.

I really enjoyed going to the Bridge Deck in Westchester County to get in a practice session with Warren before an upcoming national, because everyone at the club clearly loved him and respected his game immensely.

Warren graduated from RPI and, after spending a few years at the Pentagon during the Vietnam era, specialized in programming main-frame computers for some big corporations. When PCs took over from main-frames and his expertise became less in demand, Warren became a bridge teacher, a role for which he was temperamentally suited. He also was a fantasy baseball participant and an avid follower of many sports.

Helen and I were slated to play with Warren and Nancy Molesworth in the Mixed BAM in Atlanta. Ironically, he died while that event was being contested, having suffered a stroke a week earlier. Condolences to his many friends and family members, especially his wife Lou.

Warren, I can't express how much we will miss you.

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