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ANDREW E. GABRILOVITCH


 
 

ANDREW EUGENE GABRILOVITCH  
(Age 87)  

Died peacefully at home with family on November 29, 2012. Born and raised in France, Andy escaped Nazi-occupied Paris as a teen and made his way with his parents to New York. He proudly served in the US Navy Pacific Fleet during WWII. As a student at Columbia University, Andy joined a group of young bridge players and "majored in bridge rather than English." Bridge became his great passion in life and Andy became a world-class bridge player. A life master at 30, he won many national tournaments including the National Amateur Team-of-Four Title (Rothschild Trophy, 1947) and the Master's Knockout Team-of-Four Championship (Spingold Trophy, 1961). Among other awards, he was named the Washington Bridge League Player of the year in 1958, 1959 and 1963 (Charles C. Lovenberg Award). Andy was known as a strong advocate for desegregation, and fair and honest play in the bridge world. The Washington Bridge League described him as "... distinguished as a player, for he is a national champion.... recognized as an outstanding gentleman, for he epitomizes courtesy, friendliness, and fair play....appreciated for his service, for he became president when leadership was critically needed to meet a challenge to the basic dignity of man." Andy met his wife Wanda playing bridge, and together they raised a family of three. After retiring as Director of Administration from ITT in 1984, Andy offered bridge instruction on cruise ships, and spent thousands of happy hours on board with family and friends. Andy is survived by two daughters, Tamara De Martino and Leonide Gabrilovitch (Blair Horner), and grandchildren Andrew, Matthew, Kira, Katherine and Grant. He was predeceased by his wife, Wanda, and son, Andrew. The family will be having a private memorial service in January. In lieu of flowers, donations in Andy's memory can be sent to local nonprofit PRS, Inc., 1761 Old Meadow Road, #100, McLean, VA 22102.



Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 4, 2012
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