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Dr. Michael Rubin.

WORCESTER Dr. Michael Charles Rubin, Director of Psychiatric Emergency Service in the Blackstone Valley area, passed away on Wednesday, September 23rd after a brief, but courageous battle with cancer. Dr. Rubin was born on December 15, 1949 and raised in Worcester. He resided in Holden, Massachusetts for a substantial period of time, before moving to Uxbridge with the love of his life, his wife, Carla Rubin.

Dr. Rubin's parents, Dr. Richard Rubin and Helen Rubin predeceased him. He is survived by his wife, Carla (Bruhn) Van Loon loon, common name for migratory aquatic birds found in fresh- and saltwater in the colder parts of the Northern Hemisphere. Its strange, laughing call carries for great distances. Like the grebes, loons float low in the water and their legs are placed far back.  Rubin; his children, Angela Rubin of Millbury, Jason Rubin of Worcester, Samuel Rubin of Holden, and Emma and Alexandra Van Loon of Uxbridge; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carl and Margaret (Tanona) Bruhn of West Boylston; his eldest sister, Natalie, wife of Dr. Kent Shinbach of New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City

City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S.
. He leaves behind his aunt and uncle, Allen and Ruth Rubin of Paxton; a niece, Hope Rothschild, of New York City; and several cousins; and many nieces and nephews. He leaves behind a sister, Faith Rubin of Boston. Michael is a member of Temple Sinai in Worcester.

Dr. Rubin attended Bancroft School This article is about the school in the United States. For the school in England, see Bancroft's School.

Bancroft School is a private, K-12 preparatory school, located in Worcester, Massachusetts.
 in Worcester and graduated from New Hampton School New Hampton School is an independent college preparatory high school located in New Hampton in New England state of New Hampshire in the north eastern United States. NHS is a deviation from the stereotype of the traditional New England Prep school and does not require a uniform.  in New Hampshire New Hampshire, one of the New England states of the NE United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts (S), Vermont, with the Connecticut R. forming the boundary (W), the Canadian province of Quebec (NW), and Maine and a short strip of the Atlantic Ocean (E). . He earned a Bachelor's of Science degree Magnum Cum Laude from Worcester State College
For other "Worcester Colleges," see Worcester College (disambiguation).
Worcester State College is a public, 4-year college founded in 1874 as Worcester Normal School in the city of Worcester, Massachusetts.
 and went on to complete a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Anna Maria College Anna Maria College is a four-year Catholic liberal arts college, founded in 1946 and located in the rural town of Paxton, Massachusetts. The school's 180-acre campus is situated a few miles away from the city of Worcester. . Dr. Rubin received his doctorate in Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School.

In the late 1970's Dr. Rubin was instrumental in helping Doctor's Hospital in Worcester, in converting its beds for the sole purpose of treating substance abuse disorders substance abuse disorder
n.
Any of a category of disorders in which pathological behavioral changes are associated with the regular use of substances that affect the central nervous system.
. Michael was a close friend of Bill W's for the past 20 years and died peacefully surrounded by other friends of Bill W's.

Dr. Rubin began his professional career as a licensed psychologist in the early 1970's and 1980's employed at various sites for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. He worked as a Unit Psychologist at Worcester State Hospital, later joining the Psychology Department at Westborough State Hospital. His work also included several years in the Forensic Division of Mental Health.

Dr. Rubin was working for Riverside Community Care as the Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services emergency services Emergency care '…services …necessary to prevent death or serious impairment of health and, because of the danger to life or health, require the use of the most accessible hospital available and equipped to furnish those services'  in the Blackstone Valley area, a position he has held since the early 1990's, until 3 months prior to his death. Dr. Rubin was instrumental in developing an Urgent Care Model for providing mental health services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract  for patients of primary care practitioners unable to find adequate responses for mental health needs of their patients. In addition Dr. Rubin conducted evaluations for the Social Security Administration for the past five years.

Michael will be forever in our hearts as a loving husband, father, brother and friend. His intelligence, compassion and humor have touched us all in a way that will never be forgotten.

"Keep that which is good and decent in your life. Let go the rest."

--Author unknown.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM TODAY, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th in TEMPLE SINAI, 661 SALISBURY ST., WORCESTER. Burial will be in B'Nai Brith Cemetery, Worcester.

Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Riverside Community Care, 450 Washington St., Suite 201, Dedham, MA 02026 or to a charity of one's choice.

Memorial observance will be held through 6 PM TODAY, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th and 1 PM to 8 PM TUESDAY, SEPT. 29th at his residence, 5 Lee St., Uxbridge.

Perlman Funeral Home of Worcester is directing funeral arrangements.

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