Billy Rosen (1928-2019)

Ron Smith and Billy Rosen at the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction

Hall of Famer William “Billy” Rosen died Apr. 7. Rosen, of the Chicago area, was 90.

A World Bridge Federation Life Master, Rosen won in Bermuda Bowl 1954. He was 25 at the time, the youngest player ever to win that title until 1981 when the record was broken by Robert Levin. Rosen placed second in the Bermuda Bowl in 1955.

An Emerald Life Master, Rosen won the McKenney Trophy (now the Barry Crane Top 500) in 1953. He won eight NABC titles: Men’s Pairs 1952, Spingold KO Teams 1953, 1954; Life Master Pairs 1953, Master Mixed Teams 1958, 1966 (second in 1965); Grand National Teams 1978, Men’s Teams 1980.

In 2014, Rosen was inducted into the Bridge Hall of Fame as the recipient of the von Zedtwitz Award.

A full obituary will appear in the June issue of the Bridge Bulletin.