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Dr. Betty Rogers Rubenstein

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Fairfield, Conn. — Dr. Betty Rogers Rubenstein died at her home in Fairfield on Sunday, May 19, 2013. She was born in Brookline, Mass. on Dec. 29, 1920.

She received her Bachelor’s degree from Smith College in Northampton, Mass. on June 9, 1942, and the 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 Aug. 21, 1966.

Throughout her long life, she was a woman of courage, integrity, wit and compassion. She marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, 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; her step-son, Aaron Rubenstein of Nassau, Bahamas; and her first husband, John Alschuler, Sr., of Chicago. 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 of New York City, and Liora Alschuler of East Thetford, Vt.; and two surviving step-children, Jeremy N. Rubenstein and his wife, Linda Tang Rubenstein of Bethesda, Md. and Hannah Rubenstein Feibel and her husband, Dr. Frederick Feibel of West Simsbury, Conn. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Donations made be made in her honor to Smith College, Northampton, Mass. and to Congregation Beth El, 3500 Fairfield Woods Avenue, Fairfield, CT.

Services were held on May 21st at 11am at the Congregation. In addition to shiva in CT and NYC, an informal shiva will be held at Liora’s house in East Thetford on Sunday, May 26, from 3 to 6pm.

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