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Psychiatrist Sam Rubin rites today

SAMUEL E. RUBIN, M.D., died peacefully on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, after a hard-fought battle with cancer and Parkinson’s Disease. He was 84.


A native of Chicago, his family moved to Gulfport, FL, where he attended high school and began his love of golf and music, playing trumpet in the school band and working at a local driving range.  After high school, he followed in his father’s footsteps and attended Northwestern for both undergrad – where he was a member of the marching band – and for medical school. 

After graduating, he became a Flight Surgeon and Captain in the U.S. Air Force, followed by two residencies at Duke and a fellowship at the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in Philadelphia. He then moved to New Orleans to join the faculty of LSU Medical School as a psychiatric training professor and remained on the LSU faculty until Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Rubin also spent 35 years in New Orleans in private practice as well as on the faculty at Tulane with a focus professionally on adult and child psychiatry and psychoanalysis. 

Through the course of his career, he also held leadership positions with the New Orleans Psychoanalytic Institute, the Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies in Princeton, NJ, and the American Psychoanalytic Association.

Following Hurricane Katrina, he and his wife moved to Birmingham, where he joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham faculty as a professor and clinician.  After his wife’s death in 2017, Dr. Rubin relocated back to New Orleans, where he retired in 2018. 

The Rubins’ life in New Orleans instilled a love of all things cultural, from art to music to cuisine and,  of course, the Saints.  Among his passions were golf and playing the trumpet, piano and drums.  He will be remembered for his even temperament, good spirits and thoughtfulness.

Married to and preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Gail, Dr. Rubin is survived by his sons Phil (Debbie) of Atlanta, GA, Jeff (Katye) and Mark (Andrea) and six grandchildren.

A graveside service at Chevra Thilim Memorial Park, 5000 Iberville Street,  will be held at 11:00 a.m. today, Fri., Sept. 16. Rabbi Scott Hoffman will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Poydras Home, 5354 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 or Jewish Children’s Regional Service, PO Box 7368, Metairie, LA 70010.

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