It is with great sadness that IAC has learned of the passing of Laura Fleming, a tremendous supporter of IAC and NHBB for over 10 years. Laura was helpful to IAC before we even existed, as she helped us organize the 2010 Tri-State History Bee and Bowl at Ridgewood High School where she taught for 37 years. The success of this tournament owed much to Laura, and it led directly to the founding of IAC one week later. Laura was greatly supportive every year thereafter in hosting many large tournaments at RHS, bringing Ridgewood teams to Nationals for many years, reading at numerous IAC events, and staffing the 2015 and 2018 International History Olympiads. Among many other accomplishments, Laura was named the 2016 National History Bee and Bowl Coach of the Year, and that award will henceforth be known as the Laura Fleming Memorial Coach of the Year in her honor. Our thoughts and prayers are with Laura’s family and we are grateful to have known and loved her as a mentor, coach, and friend.

Laura pictured with 2018 Intl. History Olympiad staff – she is kneeling on the left of the first row.