Judy Kay-Wolff


Bonnie is the new Board Representative for District 17 and in the current Scorecard 17 featured a front page article called “Bon’s Mots”.   It saluted one person each from the PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE.   I delighted in her telling the past sixteen month battle to have Peter Pender’s endowment  resurrected along with the Pendergraph.   According to Bonnie:

“Although Peter Pender, San Francisco, was not a D17 player, he was a Western Conference member and dear friend of many of our D17 members.   Peter was brought to my attention by Bobby and Judy Kay-Wolff.   He was a multi-faceted, brilliant man who became Life Master #1795 at the age of 22.  He won the 1966 McKenney trophy (now the Barry Crane Top 500) and tallied 13 NABC WINS; five in the Reisinger Board-a-Match Teams (1968, 1970, 1981, 1985 and 1986); two in the Life Master’s Men’s Pairs (1967 and 1984); four in the Grand National Teams (1982, 1983, 1985 and 1987) and two in the Vanderbilt Knockout Teams (1984 and 1987)..   He was a member of the victorious U. S. Squad in the 1985 NEC Bermuda Bowl in San Paulo, Brazil, and second in the 1989 Bermuda Bowl in Perth, Australia.”

“Peter died in 1990 at the too young age of 54.  He left the ACBL a substantial bequest for vugraphs at NABCs, to be known as the PenderGraph; these continued for several years but nothing was done with the fund after 1998.   Thanks to the diligence of the Wolffs, and with the help of CEO Jay Baum, a motion was passed at the ACBL board meeting in Toronto that the vugraph room at future NABCs be named and advertised as the ‘”Peter Pender Memorial Vugraph Theatre.”   A request was submitted to the Educational Foundation (and approved) for the remaining monies from Peter’s request to be used to purchase two large screen monitors that can be rolled into high traffic areas at NABCs for players in a more relaxed atmosphere.   Both of the rolling monitor cases will have brass plates attached that read “Provided by a bequest from Hall of Fame member Peter Pender.”   These were very well received in Toronto.”

"For more information about this fascinating man go to www.ACBL.org and do a search for Peter Pender.”

WELL DONE, BONNIE!  All of Peter’s friends are appreciative of your help, support and intervention.


CPSeptember 7th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

It is nice to hear that Peter is finally recognized and appreciated as he should have been earlier.

ReneSeptember 7th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Good going Bonnie. It has been a long time in coming. The mobile screens are very novel and I think there will be much interest as opposed to sitting in the vugraph room.

Judy Kay-WolffSeptember 7th, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Someone emailed me asking whose idea it was to have some screens stationed away from the main vugraph room .. perhaps at an open bar or in a hallway. I think the credit goes to Jay Baum, from whom I heard it first — but I can’t be posititive. Certainly a modern approach.

John Howard GibsonSeptember 8th, 2011 at 5:18 am

HBJ : I think so much credit goes to you. Without your crusading endeavours I doubt whether these belated initiatives to honour your friend’s name would have ever got off the ground. It just goes to prove that when JUSTICE IS YOUR SIDE victory becomes inevitable. Yours an admiring cybermate.

Judy Kay-WolffSeptember 8th, 2011 at 9:39 am


You, Bobby and I share a common calling — equity in bridge — wherever that leads you!!



JaneSeptember 8th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Being a Philadelphian, I was always proud to be a friend of Peter Pender. He was a fabulous player and a credit to our game. Thank you, Judy, for your persistence in having his name resurrected and righting the ship.


Judy Kay-WolffSeptember 8th, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Peter was close to Norman and me as well as Bobby Jordan. Many a night we would play anagrams at Bobby’s apartment till the wee hours of the morning plus all sorts of other mind games (not bridge, believe it or not). When he moved to the West Coast, he was missed by all — but never forgotten.

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