Ruvin Prokupets
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PROKUPETS--Ruvin D. "Rudy," co-founder of Lenel Systems International, now a division of United Technologies Corporation., and a visionary technology entrepreneur, died June 16 in Roches- ter. He was 63. Mr. Prokupets was best known for creating state-of-the-art computer integrated security systems and building with is wife, Elena Prokupets, the Rochester-based Lenel into an international leader in the emerging field. Today, Lenel has installed more than 20,000 systems. Lenel technology has been used by the U.S. military, world conglomerates, government agencies, and homeland security. From the beginning Mr. Prokupets and his wife used their success to help philanthropic and cultural institutions across a broad spectrum. Mr. Prokupets, a lifelong lover of opera, was recognized for his generosity with a plaque at the Metro- politan Opera of New York, of which his wife is a current board member. Mr. Prokupets was a generous supporter of many charities and set up a foundation in support of Rochester-area foundations, Jewish charities, served on the board of Jewish Community Federation in Rochester as well as the board of the University of Rochester Medical Center. Mr. Prokupets put tremendous effort and contributed to various areas of medical research, including Harvard University, Broad Institute, University of Roches- ter and other medical research centers. "Rudy Prokupets' life was a triumph," said University of Rochester President, Joel Seligman. "He rose from the humblest of circumstances in Russia to achieve great success in United States as a scientist and corporate entrepreneur. He was amazingly bright, a lover of the arts, a truly cultured individual. I rarely enjoyed conversations so much as with Rudy. My heart goes out to Rudy's beloved wife Elena and their family. Rudy was a valued member of the University of Rochester Medical Center Board. He will be deeply missed." Mr. Prokupets arrived in Rochester as a political refugee from what is now St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1977 with his wife and young son, with no prospects other than his education and his dreams. Mr. Prokupets held a master's degree in electrophysics from the Electrical Engineering Institute in Leningrad and a master's degree in applied mathematics from the University of Leningrad. In 1986, Mr. Prokupets and his wife, who has a Ph.D. in computer science and electrical engineering, launched their first company, Edicon, as a division of the Eastman Kodak Co. where Mr. Prokupets worked. Mr. Prokupets is recognized for creating an image compression algorithm for digital images. Mr. Prokupets was a pioneer in introducing one of the first in the world multi-media software products. Microsoft Corp. was the first user of Lenel's multi-media and security technology and recognized Mr. Prokupets' vision and technological advances. In addition to his wife, Mr. Prokupets is survived by his son, Daniel Prokupets, and his wife, Bethany Prokupets; three grandchildren, Ella, Samuel, and Haley; a sister, Ida Van- ston, and her husband Joseph Vanston; nieces, Inga Vanston and Laura Cameron; father-in-law, Isaac Vilnits; and brother-in-law, Alex Vilnits and his wife, Anna Vilnits.


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Published in New York Times on Jun. 23, 2009.
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June 25, 2009
Elena, my deepest condolences.
Renee Wright
June 18, 2009
Elena, we are so sorry to hear about your loss - Rudy will be greatly missed. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Paul and Heather Russell
June 18, 2009
Elena,
We are very sorry to hear about Rudy. He was a great guy and will surely be missed. May God grant you peace and comfort.
Abdo & Aline Melki
June 18, 2009
Elena and Family,

We were deeply saddened to learn of Rudy's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
Bill & Wendy Fitzgerald
June 18, 2009
"Elena" - Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with you and your family. We have all lost a wonderful friend and comrade. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to have worked for and known Rudy. He will be greatly missed but always remembered.
Mick and Colleen MacDaniel
June 18, 2009
Elena, we were sorry and sadden to hear about the sudden death of Rudy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Rudy was very special and touch the lives of people who knew him.
Larry and Kimberly Druien
June 18, 2009
Elena and Family, I am sorry for your loss. I will always have great memories of Rudy at Lenel and will always be grateful for the opportunity he gave me to work there.
Matthew Sherman
June 18, 2009
Elena and Family,
We are very sorry to hear about Rudy. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family.
Scott and Debbie Rice
June 17, 2009
Elena, We were shocked and saddened to hear about Rudy's passing. Our thought and prayers are with you and your family. Rudy will be missed, but never forgotten!
Bill & Barb Moran
June 17, 2009
Elena and family - We are truly sorry for your loss. Rudy was a wonderful person. We will always remember him fondly.
Bob and Sandra Rozwod
June 17, 2009
Rudy lived the American Dream. He came, he prospered, he contributed, and he set an example. What wonderful memories he leaves. Our thoughts are with Elena and famly.
Kurt&Sheila Weinbach
June 17, 2009
Elena and family, please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Rudy was a special person who enjoyed the love and respect of many. May you find comfort from the support of your many friends and in the knowledge that Rudy is now in God’s loving care.
John & Kate Bissell
June 17, 2009
Elena, I was shocked and saddened to read of Rudy's passing. Please know that my heartfelt sympathy, love and prayers are with you and Danny, his wife and your grandchildren at this most difficult time.

Sincerely,
Kathy
Kathy Braman
June 17, 2009
Elena and family - I have no words to express my sorrow. I am deeply saddened by the news of Rudy's passing. I send my love, my thoughts and prayers are with you in this very difficult time.
Much Love,
Kristy Fox
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