Died August 9, 2018 at her home following a long illness. A native of Frankfurt, Germany, Mrs. Rubin immigrated to the United States in the spring of 1939, six months after Kristallnacht. Mrs. Rubin then fled Europe with her parents to escape the harsh Nazi persecution of Jews.
During World War II, Mrs. Rubin lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana and later graduated from Fort Wayne’s Central High School. Mrs. Rubin knew no English when she first arrived in the United States at age 10. Yet, during her senior year of high school, she became Editor of her school newspaper. Following high school, Mrs. Rubin moved to Geneva, Switzerland and Paris, France to work towards becoming an interpreter at the United Nations. First, Mrs. Rubin attended the University of Geneva. Then, she completed a degree at the University of Sorbonne. Mrs. Rubin later returned to the United States to do post-graduate work at Columbia University in New York City.
In 1951, Mrs. Rubin gave up her dream to work at the United Nations to make an even bigger dream come true. She then married the love of her life, municipal bond attorney Joseph R. Rubin in Louisville, Kentucky. The Rubins were married for 59 years until Mr. Rubin’s death in September 2010. Mrs. Rubin often said that marrying Joseph Rubin was the smartest decision of her life and the source of her greatest blessings.
Mrs. Rubin spoke fluent German, French and English. She also enjoyed studying and speaking a variety of other languages. Throughout her adult life, Mrs. Rubin was an avid Bridge player who loved dancing and socializing with friends. Together with her husband, Mrs. Rubin took great delight in traveling overseas and visited many foreign countries. Mrs. Rubin and her husband also spent many winters in southern Florida. In both Louisville and southern Florida, Mrs. Rubin was a frequent patron of the arts. She loved live theater, especially Broadway musicals.
Always chicly dressed, Mrs. Rubin was widely admired for her beauty, elegance and sweet-natured charm. She also was highly regarded for her overall sense of propriety and style in all social matters. Thanks to her exceptional beauty, during the early years of her marriage, Mrs. Rubin was a professional model for the Alix Adams Model Agency. Once, during a live local television talk show, a well-known clothing designer flirted with Mrs. Rubin in full view of the television audience – and her immediate family. That was when her husband announced: “No more modeling for Mother.”Mrs. Rubin then devoted herself to being a fulltime housewife and mother. She also frequently used her skills as a former editor to proof-read legal documents for her husband.
Guests at Mrs. Rubin’s home continually complimented her on her interior decorating skills, and she often received requests for decorating advice. Due to her innate creativity, Mrs. Rubin was offered a partnership in an interior decorating company. However, for certain reasons, Mrs. Rubin declined the offer.
Mrs. Rubin’s memberships include Keneseth Israel Congregation, Hadassah and the Standard Country Club. She also held the honorary title of a “Kentucky Colonel.”
Mrs. Rubin is survived by her son, Ronald M. Rubin of Louisville, Kentucky and her daughter, Paula J. Rubin of Johns Creek, Georgia.
A funeral service to honor Mrs. Rubin will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Herman Meyer & Son, Inc., 1338 Ellison Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204, followed by the burial in Keneseth Israel Cemetery. Family and friends may visit at the funeral home from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions to Mrs. Rubin be made to Keneseth Israel Congregation or the donor’s favorite charity.