Roger D. Stern 1934–2019

Roger Stern, an NABC champion and longtime member of the ACBL Laws Commission, died Aug. 28. Stern, of Chevy Chase MD, was 85.

Stern had a lifelong involvement in bridge which encompassed an illustrious playing career. He was a member of the winning squad in the 1965 Men’s Board-a-Match Teams, and he served as the non-playing captain for the victorious U.S. team in the 1977 Bermuda Bowl. Stern was also npc for the 1973 North American Bermuda Bowl team. Stern placed second in the 1961 World Par Contest and the 1989 Nail Life Master Pairs.

In addition to his work with the Laws Commission, Stern served as the first president of District 24 (New York City and Long Island) and as president of the Greater New York Bridge Association. Stern was also a past member of the ACBL Board of Governors and was vice-chairman of the NABC Appeals Committee.

Stern was the co-inventor of Astro defense to 1NT and the Astro Cuebid. The names of the conventions were acronyms based on the first letters of the last names of inventors Paul Allinger, Roger Stern and Larry Rosler.

Stern graduated and received his law degree from Columbia University. He had a long career in business and real estate. He is predeceased by his wife of 42 years, (the late) Sandy. He was the father of Jordan, Andrew (wife Michelle), Edward (wife Alison) and grandfather to Sophia, Conor and Phoebe; Samuel, Charlotte and Jack; and Matthew and Daniel.