Russ Ekeblad of Portsmouth RI died Dec. 12. He was 72 years old.
A Grand Life Master with almost 26,000 masterpoints, Ekeblad won five North American Bridge Championship titles, including three victories in the Spingold Knockout Teams.
Playing with Michael Seamon, Ekeblad won the Open IMP Pairs at the World Championships in Lille, France in 1998. He was on the silver medal Senior Team squad at the 2008 World Bridge Games in Beijing, China; he also earned a bronze medal in the Rosenblum Open Teams in 1990.
A full obituary will appear in the February issue of the Bridge Bulletin.