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.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on May 22, 2013.