"Alan’s biggest accomplishment was not in bridge," said his wife Dorothy Truscott. "He ran in — and finished — the New York Marathon when he was in his 60s."

The couple was married more than 30 years, and Dorothy said she had no idea how things would change when she married Alan. "I lost my dining room and my living room to his equipment and his books."

Alan, bridge editor of The New York Times from 1964 until his death in 2005 was a former president of the International Bridge Press Association. He was executive editor of all six editions of The Official Encyclopedia of Bridge.

At his Hall of Fame induction, when Alan took the podium, he noted that Dorothy preceded him into the Hall by three years and that he had been saluting her as a superior all those years. "I salute you for the last time," he said to Dorothy. "Now we’re equals."