William Rubin, 99, of Boca Raton, Fla., died Nov. 4, 2011. Born in Brooklyn, he spent most of his youth on a farm in Middlebush, where he attended a two-room schoolhouse. He also had lived in Highland Park.
After attending high school in New Brunswick, Dr. Rubin graduated from Rutgers University and received his MD degree from New York Medical College.
He was among the first doctors to enlist in World War II, serving a year in Camp Clayburn, La., followed by four years in the South Pacific arena with a MASH unit.
He established a private practice in New Brunswick after World War II. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was on the staffs of St. Peter’s General Hospital and at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, where he served as chief of ophthalmology. He was also on the staff of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in New York City.
After his retirement, he was an ophthalmologist at the Veteran’s Outpatient Clinic in Pompano, Fla.
He received awards from the American Board of Ophthalmology for pioneering work on amblyopia (“lazy eye”). He was often invited to present courses and papers for the American Board of Ophthalmology and the International Congress of Ophthalmology. Many of his published articles have been incorporated into major academic publications. He received recognition by the American Journal of Ophthalmology for his outstanding contributions.
An avid outdoorsman, in 1958 he and his wife, Lois, purchased an historic farm in Rock Hill, NY, where he worked the land and raised animals. At the farm he developed several experimental clinic projects with staff members from the NY Eye and Ear Infirmary.
He and his wife were active supporters of the newly founded State of Israel.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lois (Aaron); three daughters, Roxanne Greenstein, Diana Rubin, Jennifer Rubin; his son, Mitchell; and six grandchildren.
Services were held Nov. 6 with arrangements by Crabiel Parkwest Funeral Chapel, New Brunswick.