Betty Adler, 72, bridge champion, teacherBetty Adler,...


Betty Adler, 72, bridge champion, teacher

Betty Adler, a nationally ranked bridge champion, died of complications from surgery Nov. 9 at Midway Hospital in Los Angeles. She was 72 and lived in Pikesville.

Known as a "first lady of bridge," she represented the United States in the World Bridge Olympiad in 1972 held in Miami. In 1959, she also won her first of three U.S. National Bridge championships.

Her partners included the elite of the bridge world, among them columnist B. J. Becker, Dorothy Hayden, Sue Sachs and Nancy Gruver.

"She taught many students who are a big part of the Baltimore bridge community today," said Doris Fuld, a former student who lives in Owings Mills. "Her knowledge and expertise were exceeded only by her charm and demeanor at the bridge table. She never raised her voice."

She twice served as president of the Maryland Bridge Association and was chair of its Baltimore tournament committee for more than a decade.

She also was a member of the goodwill committee for the American Contract Bridge League.

Born Betty Davidov in Baltimore, she was a 1944 graduate of Forest Park High School. She attended Goucher College, the George Washington University and the New School for Social Research in New York.

She worked as a social worker at Sinai Hospital in the 1950s. In 1947, she wed Dr. Raymond Goldberg, a Sinai Hospital obstetrician. They later divorced.

In 1959, she married Julian Adler Jr., president of I. C. Isaacs Clothing Co., with whom she often played in bridge tournaments. He died in 1997.

Funeral services were held Friday.

She is survived by a son, Robert Goldberg of Los Angeles; a daughter, Nancy Goldberg Weiss, also of Los Angeles; a brother, Marvin Davidov of Pikesville; and a grandson.

Ralph A. Shinn Jr., 68, bus air conditioner salesman

Ralph Ames Shinn Jr., a bus air conditioning salesman, died of cancer Saturday at his Fallston home. He was 68.

He was a sales manager for Trans-Air Manufacturing Co. in Dallastown, Pa., for the past 14 years, and had worked earlier as general sales manager with Potlatch Corp., a paper box company, in Baltimore.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Severna Park and Thurmont, he was a 1948 graduate of Thurmont High School and a 1957 graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.

He served in the Navy from 1948 to 1952.

In 1957, he married Nancy Miller, who survives him.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Lemmon Funeral Home, 10 Padonia Road, Timonium.

He also is survived by two daughters, Dana Shinn Bauer of Fallston and Stacey Shinn Brooks of Sparks; a brother, Richard C. Shinn of Newport Beach, Calif.; a sister, Dorothy S. Budd of Sterling Park, Va.; and six grandchildren.

Harold Kaufman Goldman, 85, pharmacist

Harold Kaufman Goldman, a retired pharmacist, died Saturday of undetermined causes at Pikesville Nursing Home. He was 85 and had lived in Northwest Baltimore.

The owner of the old Keystone Pharmacy at North and Druid Hill avenues, he retired in 1978 as a pharmacist at the Giant Foods on Reisterstown Road.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of City College in 1931 and the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in 1934.

He was a member of Chizuk Amuno Brotherhood, the Masonic Lodge and the Yedz Grotto.

Graveside services were conducted yesterday in Baltimore.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Celia Liebowitz; a son, Mark Goldman of Baltimore; two daughters, Rona Einhorn of Baltimore and Susan Glasser of Danbury, Conn.; a sister, Ruth Polakoff of Baltimore, and six grandchildren.

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