RUBIN, GottfriedBorn in Leipzig, Germany on Dec. 30, 1926, he passed peacefully from this life on Nov. 10, 2014 at age 87 years; with his wife Rosemarie at his side at the Westmount Retirement Residence. In Germany, he studied physics at the Universities of Heidelberg (B.Sc.), Freiburg (M.Sc.), and Saarbruecken (Ph.D.). In Saarbruecken he was also an instructor of Physics. Later, he worked as a research physicist at the Roechling Steelworks, and married Rosemarie Boergardts in 1955. In 1957 they emigrated with their new daughter Astrid to the USA where he worked as a researcher at the Union Carbide laboratories in Fostoria and Cleveland, Ohio. A second daughter, Cordula, was born during this time. He joined Clarkson University in upstate New York as an assistant associate professor for five years.He also worked as a consultant to help build up an electronic ceramics production facility in Germany. Subsequently he joined IITRI in Chicago, the research arm of the Illinois Institute of Technology, as senior physicist. A third daughter, Monica, was welcomed into the family. From there, they moved to Sudbury where Dr. Rubin was a professor of Physics at Laurentian University, also serving as chairman of the department; for 15 years. He retired in 1992. He was a contributing member of a number of international scientific societies, and was author and co-author of about a hundred publications in Physics and Engineering journals. He received a number of honours for scientific achievements, and holds three patents. In his spare time he enjoyed music and literature, as well as spending happy times with his family at camp.He is survived by his wife, Rosemarie, daughters Astrid Saari (Antti) of Blezard Valley, Cordula Morais (Alyre) of New Brunswick and Monica Abbey (Travis) of British Columbia. He was the cherished grandfather of Sonia Saari (Wei Wang), Shawn Saari (Tasha), and Zoe Abbey, and also great-grandfather to Madisen and Kai. He is sadly missed by his sisters, Illa Sonneville and Regina Kunschert (Adalbert), his niece Petra, nephews Donat, Remi and Bernard and their families.Heartfelt thanks from the family to the kind staff at the Westmount Retirement Residence, as well as CCAC for their compassionate care and support. In keeping with Dolf’s wishes, there will be no visitation. A private interment ceremony will be held at Valley East Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Cooperative Funeral Home in Sudbury.

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