Norma had a studio, taught at local bridge clubs, country clubs and retirement homes, did bridge cruises, and was a regular speaker at sectional, regional and national tournaments. She had the teacher's gift of knowing how beginners learned and their pitfalls along the way. She also published a number of books, pamphlets and bridge CDs (remember those) including one in collaboration with Jan Janitschke which won the ABTA "best of the year" award.
Norma always had a smile. She had an explosive laugh that could be heard across a room. And she had a distinctive voice that needed no introduction. She is one of the first bridge players I befriended when Annie and I moved to Denver in 1979. She would sometimes call me at home or in the office and rather than the typical, "Hi Dave, this is Norma. How are Annie and the kids?", our conversations would often start, Me: "Hello". Norma: "You hold..."
Colorado learned bridge from Norma Sands. Whenever I was asked, "Where can someone learn to play bridge?", Norma was the obvious response. In the current world situation it is very difficult to determine where bridge is going but whatever direction that may be, Norma's absence will surely be felt. Reprinted from: https://bridgewinners.com/article/view/norma-sands/