|Karff - Rivero|
I know that Mona Karff provided an endowment which lasts until today, to fund the Edward Lasker Memorial Tournament (Marshall Club Championship).
As much as I can determine, Caroline Marshall was the first female administrator. Frank seemed to be more into playing than administering. The minutes of the board meetings suggest to me that Mrs. Marshall was actually the most powerful leader in the club, but there was a kind of give and take in those days. Of course, in those days some of the board members still owned shares of the building. Now the shares in the building are owned by the club.
Unfortunately only a few stories about her remain. It was she who conferred special full member status on GMs Lombardy and Mednis. She brought Peter Sepulveda on to the board. He was the youngest board member at that time, and probably is the longest serving one. One other very prominent club member, I won't say who, remembers Mrs. Marshall yelling at him to pick up the pieces. Is that all we can remember about one of our founders?
|Mary Bain who tied with Kathryn Slater|
WIM Dolly Teasley was a US Women's Champion and a long time Governor of the club. I think that like me, she like the non-commercial atmosphere of a membership club. She was the kind
|WIM Rachel Crotto|
Marianna Bellizzi, was a very active president, and deserves a lot of the credit for bringing the club out of the post-Goldwater slump. I think she is the only female president of either the Marshall or the Manhattan. Not only were she and her husband Doug presidents of the two respective clubs at the same time, but they are the only married couple where both spouses were presidents of the Marshall. It was during Marianna's presidency that FM Brian McCarthy brought in Marshall Gambit the Cat.
I am not going to say much about the many women in chess organization who are contemporary. If you think about it, its obvious who they are and how much they contribute. So they are no less important. I just want to talk about who kept things going in the olden days.