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Dr. Betty Rogers Rubenstein died at her home in Fairfield on Sunday, May 19. 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 her Ph.D. in Art History from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. 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, taught 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 of New York City, and Liora Alschuler of East Thetford, Vt., as well as by 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. She is also survived by ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Donations may be made in her honor to Smith College, Northampton, Mass. and to Congregation Beth El, 3500 Fairfield Woods Avenue, Fairfield 06825. Services will be held on May 21 at 11 a.m. at Beth El. The family will sit Shiva at the home of John and Diana Alschuler, 50 Riverside Drive, New York, N.Y. on Thursday evening, 6 – 9 pm.




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