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Raphael Rubin, 55, Pathologist

October 18, 2011
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Raphael Rubin

Raphael Rubin, 55, a pathologist, died Sept. 18. He was a resident of Merion Station.

Rubin graduated from Boston University and did his training at Cornell University. He joined Jefferson Medical College in 1986 in the department of pathology.

He was the editor of Rubin's Pathology, which is used in medical schools all around the world.An expert in hepatopathology, Rubin received grants from the National Institute of Health and pioneered work on the insulin-like growth receptor for which he holds a patent, and which is about to start in clinical trials at Jefferson for brain tumors.

Rubin, a member of Lower Merion Synagogue, supported his synagogue and area schools, quietly giving to causes he believed in strongly, family members said.

He and his wife, Rene Rothstein Rubin, created a science foundation fund at Kohelet Hebrew High School.

Rubin, who played the violin, performed regularly with professional musicians in both public and private settings. Also a talented pianist, he was a regular chamber music performer.

In addition to his wife, Rubin is survived by daughters Zipporah Rubin, Sophie Rubin, Zahava Rubin and Batsheva Rubin, and sons Jascha Rubin, Saul Rubin and Judah Rubin.

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