Steve Landen 1952-2017
Grand Life Master Steve Landen of Ellicott City MD died Oct. 29. The 64-year-old, who had battled the effects of Alzheimer’s for several years, died of hypothermia complicated by a fall he suffered walking near his home.
Landen was a six-time NABC champion with wins in the 1990 and 2000 Wernher Open Pairs, the 2002 Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams, the 2003 Baldwin (Flight A) North American Pairs, the 2007 Kaplan Blue Ribbon Pairs and the 2010 Silodor Open Pairs. Landen had seven second-place finishes in NABC contests.
In world-level play, Landen earned a bronze medal for the United States at the 2003 Bermuda Bowl in Monte Carlo, and a silver medal at the 2012 World Senior Teams in Lille, France.
A full-time player, Landen amassed more than 20,000 masterpoints during his career.
The Baltimore Sun reported that after he graduated from high school in 1971, Landen enrolled in the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, but left the school to pursue playing bridge. He later returned to finish his undergraduate degree.
“Steve was always a nonconformist,” said his wife, Lynne Schaefer. “He spent a while touring the country. He was a fierce opponent. But away from the bridge table, he had a great sense of humor and loved his family deeply.”
Landen is survived by Schaefer, to whom he was married for 25 years, children Matthew Landen and Samantha Landen, and three siblings.