Dr. Betty Rogers Rubenstein
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Dr. Betty Rogers Rubenstein

Dr. Betty Rogers Rubenstein, former Art Critic at the Tallahassee Democrat, died at her home in Fairfield, Connecticut on Sunday, May 19. She was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on December 29, 1920. She received her Bachelor's degree from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts on June 9, 1942 and Ph.D. in Art History from Florida State University in Tallahassee in 1979. She married Dr. Richard L. Rubenstein, a theologian and historian of religion, on August 21, 1966. Throughout her long life, she was a woman of courage, integrity, wit and compassion. She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., studied poetry with Paul Carroll, taught art history to a generation of students, was a passionate leader of her faith, a loving Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, and a devoted wife. That spirit lives on in our hearts.

She was predeceased by her sister Jean Simpson and her step-son Aaron Rubenstein of Nassau, Bahamas. She is survived by her husband, her children by her first marriage, Jean Reed of New Brunswick, Canada, John H. Alschuler and his wife Dr. Diana Diamond Alschuler of New York City, and Liora Alschuler of East Thetford, Vermont, as well as two surviving step-children, Jeremy N. Rubenstein and his wife Linda Tang Rubenstein of Bethesda, Maryland and Hannah Rubenstein Feibel and her husband Dr. Frederick Feibel of West Simsbury, Connecticut. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A previous marriage to John Alschuler, Sr. ended in divorce. Donations may be made in her honor to Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts and to Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Avenue, Fairfield, CT. Services will be held on Tuesday, May 21st at 11am at Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Avenue, Fairfield, CT. The family will sit Shiva at 318 Collingwood Avenue, Fairfield, CT on Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 6-9pm and at the home of John and Diana Alschuler at 50 Riverside Drive, NY, NY on Thursday evening from 6-9pm.

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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on May 22, 2013.
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July 30, 2013
Although very late in my message, I want to send my sincere condolences to you Dr. Rubenstein, Jeremy, Hanna, and all family members. I remember how kind hearted Mrs. Rubenstein was to me when I visited your home in Tallahassee. My dad always enjoyed her work at the Democrat, as did so many others in the community. I may be reached at wmcmansfield@gmail.com
Cliff Mansfield
May 23, 2013
Richard & Hannah, I remember her as a beautiful & warm being. My condolences to you both & to all of your family.
Van Brock
May 22, 2013
Dear Richard: Betty, our dear friend, continues to be a remarkable and precious person in our lives. You both are a very special presence for us. -- John and Lyn Roth
John Roth
May 22, 2013
Dear Dr. Rubenstein,

Though I never met your wife, I have heard many wonderful things about her always from my sister Betsy Orman. Please know that she is in Heaven now and will continue to do the great things she has on earth, and that you will be together forever once again.

With prayers for your loss,

Edy Iversen,
Edy Iversen
May 21, 2013
Dr. Rubentein and Family,
I am sorry for your loss. Dr. Betty was quite a lady.
Valerie Powell Baldwin,University of Bridgeport
May 21, 2013
My sincere sympathy for your lose. Our prayers and thoughts are with you
Vin Simko
May 21, 2013
Dear Richard:

My condolences on the loss of your dear Betty. I saw the care and love between the two of you and I know that your memories will be strong to sustain you in this difficult time.

Abe Gordon
Abe Gordon
May 21, 2013
Very Sorry for Your Loss...
Ernie Scinto
Ernie Scinto
May 21, 2013
Candace and I send our most sincere sympathy to your family at this time of mourning.
Ed Davies
May 21, 2013
Dear Dr. Rubenstein, and and family I am so, sorry for your lost and my prayers nad thoughts go out to you and all of your loved ones during this difficult time that you are facing.
F Serrano
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