1926 - 2010
Aileen Osofsky, Goodwill Committee chair and one of ACBL's most influential voices for promotion of friendly behavior at the bridge table, died at New York University Hospital on Tuesday of complications from leukemia. She was 84.
Osofsky was asked to chair the ACBL Goodwill Committee in 1985 even though she was not a member of the committee. She had made a name for herself with the Greater New York Bridge Association and is one of only three life members of that organization.
Last year, in recognition of her dedication and long service, the ACBL Bridge Hall of Fame Committee selected her for the Blackwood Award, thus making her a member of the Hall of Fame. At the induction ceremony, her son Alan noted, "Although she isn't the best player, she has done as much for the game as anyone."
In her 25 years of service as Goodwill chair, Osofsky never stopped trying to convince ACBL members that friendly demeanor at the bridge table is good for everyone.
A few days ago, in a letter to the ACBL, Osofsky reflected on her long association with the organizaton:
"When I got a call twenty-five years ago asking me to become the chair of the National Goodwill Committee, I had no idea how profound and positive an impact the organization and its members would have on my life.
"As I transition now to a less involved role in the activities of the ACBL, I must acknowledge the paramount part that the organization has played in filling my life with joy, passion, and meaning — and I must thank you all from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity to participate in the group’s work, and for doing that work with me."
She is survived by her husband, Meyer "Mike" Osofsky; son Alan and daughter-in-law Deirdre; son Larry and daughter-in-law Audrey; daughter Randy and son-in-law Steve Kessler; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.