Betty Ann Kennedy, a five-time world champion and member of the ACBL Bridge Hall of Fame, died Oct. 30. The 86-year-old lived in Shreveport LA.

Kennedy, who held 16 NABC titles and 14 second-place finishes, was known for her genteel Southern charm, an attribute that earned her the Sidney H. Lazard Jr. Sportsmanship Award in 2011.

Kennedy was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 1993. She is the second woman to be so honored.

In 1990, she was entered into the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Hall of Fame. A former member of the NABC Appeals Committee, a past vice-president of ACBL Unit 170, past member of District 10 Judiciary Committee, Kennedy also served on World Bridge Olympiad Appeals Committee in 1992 and was for many years Chairman of ACBL Unit 170 Appeals Committee.

A full obituary will appear in the December issue of the Bridge Bulletin.

Visitation is Thursday, Nov. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rose-Neath Funeral Home at 1815 Marshall St. in Shreveport. Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Shreveport.

A gathering to honor Kennedy’s memory will be held at the local bridge house (7625 E. Kings Highway, Shreveport) at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4.