RUBY, Leonard K. 70, of Falmouth, formerly of Brookline, died at home on October 3, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Marge Ruby, his children Brian Ruby, Abigail Ruby; Rebecca and her husband, Chris Anzidei, and his grandchildren Vincent, Helen and Timothy Anzidei;, and by his brother, David Ruby, and his sister Beth Pollock, and their families. Dr. Ruby was a renowned surgeon who established the orthopedic hand surgery division at the Tufts-New England Medical Center. He was involved in pioneering efforts to reattach severed fingers and enjoyed a long career in both surgery and in teaching medical students at Tufts Medical School as a full professor. He was widely published in medical journals. Born in San Francisco in 1942, Dr. Ruby served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, and was discharged as a Lt. Commander before settling in the Boston area. It was there he met his wife, Margaret, a post-op nurse at Beth Israel Hospital. They married in 1969 and spent most of their married life in Brookline, MA. They retired to Cape Cod in 2007. He and Marge joined Falmouth Jewish congregation in 2011. Dr. Ruby was a prize-winning small boat sailor. He won the El Toro Nationals at age 17, in 1959. He won the Sunfish North Americans in 1982, and sailed for the U.S. in the 1985 Maccabiah Games. He was President of the International Sunfish Class Association, 1992-1993. He was an avid marksman, and belonged to both the Falmouth Rod and Gun Club and the NRA. However, sailing was his true love and hardly a day went by when he was not out on his Sunfish in Waquoit Bay, despite the onset of Parkinson's disease. He was sailing on the day he died. His funeral will be held on Tuesday, October 9 at 1:00 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Route 151 in MASHPEE. Interment will follow at the National Cemetery in Bourne. Shivah will be held on Tuesday, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Ruby residence, 31 Whistler Way, Waquoit. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Dr. Ruby's memory to establish a visiting lectureship:Pratt Orthopaedics: Dr. Leonard Ruby Education Fund Tufts Medical Center, Box 306800, Washington St., Boston, MA 02111. For online guestbook and directionspleasevisit www.ccgfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Boston Globe on October 7, 2012