Theodore Lightner of New York City, one of great players of the world and a leading figure in bridge from the earliest days of contract. Life Master # 7, member ACBL Hall of Fame. Born in Grosse Pointe MI, later a resident of Chicago and New York City. Graduate of Yale and of Harvard Law School. He had a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. Contributor to development of Culbertson System and was the inventor of the Lightner Double of slam contracts. His writings include High Lights of the Culbertson System, Famous Hands of the Culbertson-Lenz Match (co-author) and he made frequent contributions to The Bridge World. Partnered Ely Culbertson during a part of the Culbertson-Lenz Match and was a member of the Culbertson team that won victories over British teams in 1930, 33, 34. Won Bermuda Bowl 1953.Won Spingold 1937, 39, 45; Chicago 1947, Vanderbilt 1930, Life Master Pairs 1932, 35; Open Pairs 1928. Placed 2nd Spingold 1941, Chicago 1932, 34; Vanderbilt 1937, 38, 39, 41, 45; Life Master Pairs 1931, 47 and won numerous regional titles.