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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 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. 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 in Worcester and graduated from New Hampton School in New Hampshire. He earned a Bachelor's of Science degree Magnum Cum Laude from Worcester State College and went on to complete a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Anna Maria College. 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. 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 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 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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Date:Sep 25, 2009
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