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February 22, 1927 - August 25, 2015 Arthur Meyran Lubic died at his home in Studio City on August 25, 2015 from complications following a stroke. He was born February 22, 1927 in Pittsburgh, PA to Ben J. Lubic and Paula H. Lubic, both lawyers. His father, who had played basketball at Pitt, also coached basketball at Duquesne and Carnegie Tech. Art grew up in Pasadena. He is a graduate of Elliott Junior High and PJC. In high school, he won the 1943 Sports Editor of the Year Award from the Helms Athletic Foundation. Prior to graduating from Stanford University in 1948, he served in the Coast Guard in the South Pacific. He worked for Kirby's Shoes as its real estate manager, but his great love was managing the Kirby's Shoes basketball team. The team was one of the first racially integrated teams in the National Industrial Basketball League. In 1957, he married Ellen Ruth Kreeger and had his only child, Michael Benjamin Lubic, in 1960. Michael was conceived in Las Vegas on the road with the Kirby's team. Years later, when asked the name of the hotel where his son was conceived, Art responded that it must have been a dive because the team, being integrated, was not allowed to stay in the nice hotels on the strip. He began his career as a stockbroker at William R. Staats & Co., where he was told he could never hold a management position because he was Jewish. He was a stockbroker in Beverly Hills for almost 45 years and worked until just shy of his 80th birthday. He took particular pride in taking care of the widows of long-time clients, who he referred to fondly as his "old ladies." Art was an avid tennis player most of his life. He enjoyed good food, good wine (especially if he found a deal at Trader Joe's) and travelling abroad with, in succession, two wives and several girlfriends. He is survived by his son, Michael, daughter-in-law Jori, ex-wife Ellen, and grandsons, Jonah and Nate. As a child, Art greatly enjoyed his summers at Raquette Lake Boys Camp in upstate New York. Donations in his memory may be made to the Los Angeles Times Family Fund Summer Camp Campaign.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 27 to Nov. 8, 2015
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