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February 24, 1920 - May 23, 2015 Deborah R. Luboff, 95, passed gently (but reluctantly!) of natural causes at her longtime home in Studio City, California. She was born Deborah Rubin, to Jewish immigrants, in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1920. Deb excelled in violin and academics, and she loved the great outdoors. She graduated a Tar Heel, with honors in music from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, including violin study at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France. Back in Chapel Hill she met a smitten Army Sgt. Abraham G. Luboff, a budding, professional bassist, who saw her playing in an orchestra. They married soon after and spent the next 62 years together, most all of them on Wilkinson Street, where they raised their two sons and a daughter. Deb was a thrifty homemaker, an early advocate of healthy cooking, a busy violin teacher, and a dedicated member of her weekly string quartets with dear friends. She taught life skills to immigrants in night school, hiked with her clubs, and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. Deb and Abe built a rich world of family, friends, dinner parties, music and the arts, and worldwide travel. Deb leaves us with her 8 Keys To Health: (1) Work hard (2) Walk when you don't need to drive (3) Laugh a lot (4) Take time to enjoy music (5) Spend money to travel (6) Cook your meals from scratch (7) When you don't like the taste of the water, add a little wine (8) Be happy, be well, live long. Our beloved family matriarch is survived by her three children and their spouses, Gary and Barbara Luboff, Joel and Marie-Noele Luboff , Stephanie and Marc Mayerson, her five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and DeDe Smith, her longtime caregiver and friend, our angel. A memorial is TBD.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 24, 2015
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