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Obituary for Dr. Herschel A. Rubin

Herschel A. “Doc” Rubin, 102 years old, was a native of East Liverpool, the son of Leon Rubin, a local jeweler, and Anna Fredland Rubin. He attended Third Street School and Sixth Street School and graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1933. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1937 with a degree in optometry and maintained an optometric practice in downtown East Liverpool for more than 50 years.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1943 to 1946, stationed in California. He was a life member and past president of the East Liverpool Jaycees and received its Distinguished Service award in 1951. He served a number of terms on the East Liverpool Recreation Council, the Mary Patterson Memorial Board of Trustees, and the East Liverpool City Health Board. He was also a member of the East Liverpool Rotary Club.

In May 2016 he received the Friend of the Campus Award (Kent State Wall of Fame) and in July he received the East Liverpool High School Distinguished Alumni Award. He led the parade at the All-Class Reunions in 2010 and 2016.

He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 12 for over 75 years and had served as a troop leader. For many years, he and several of his scouting associates took extensive hiking and camping trips along the Appalachian Trail, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and the Sandy-Beaver Canal.

He was a life-long railroad buff. After he retired, he built an elaborate HO train layout in his former office in the Little Building and had fun assembling buildings to complete the design. He labeled many of the buildings with names of East Liverpool businesses of the past and present.

He was a member of Beth Shalom Congregation (formerly the B’Nai Israel Temple) from its establishment by a group of local residents that included his parents. In addition, he was a member of the American Legion Post #4 and a life member of the American Optometric Association, the Ohio Optometric Association, The Ohio State University Alumni Association, and the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association. At Ohio State he was a member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.

His wife, to whom he was married for 65 years, Elsa A. Rubin, died in 2003. He was also predeceased by his sister, Betty L. Rubin. He is survived by a daughter, Elsa R. “Elsa Ann” Efran of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Jay) and son, Leon Martin Rubin of Dahlonega, Georgia (Suzi); four grandchildren—Daniel S. Efran of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Becca Stallings), Jonathan H. Rubin of Gainesville, Florida (Jennifer), David A. Rubin of North Hollywood, California, and Kristin Birdsey, of Gainesville, Florida (K.C. Klapp)—and great-grandchildren Nicholas and Lydia Efran, of Pittsburgh.

Friends may visit Wednesday afternoon and evening at the Dawson Funeral Home where the family will be present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

Burial will be at Riverview Cemetery.

Following the service, friends and family will gather at the Dawson Family Center for fellowship.

The family suggests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to The Rubin Family Scholarship Fund (#646226) at The Ohio State University or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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