Remembering Professor Gerald Rubenstein

The Warner School and the entire University of Rochester community are mourning the loss of one of its most compassionate faculty members. Gerald Rubenstein, 63, who served the University since 1970 in various capacities and most recently as a part-time associate professor of counseling, died unexpectedly on August 23. He is being remembered for his kindness and compassion for people and skill and tireless devotion as a counselor and professor. This tribute page in his memory has been created for people to post their condolences. The Warner School community extends it deepest sympathy to Jerry’s wife, Eve, and his family.

"Jerry's commitment to his practice and clients greatly enriched his teaching and research, while the University remained his intellectual home," said Raffaella Borasi, Dean of the Warner School. "His compassion for people and his skill as a counselor helped to shape the Warner School community and a generation of our students. Our thoughts are with Jerry's wife, Eve, and his daughters and family at this difficult time."

"Jerry made us laugh and cry and taught us to see the world through a magical lens that made the ordinary extraordinary," said Kathryn Douthit, associate professor and chair of the counseling and human development programs. "To say that we will miss him terribly does not capture the profound loss that we will suffer as friends, colleagues, and a community. It is so ironic that we all turned to Jerry to help us heal in times of tragedy. He was always the first to step forward to help our Warner community make sense of those things that cause us unspeakable pain and anguish. We can only hope that we can honor Jerry's passing by showing him, wherever he may be, that he was indeed a master teacher and that he left us with at least a small portion of his wisdom and understanding of how to heal human suffering."

Rubenstein is survived by his wife Eve and his daughters Heather and Jennifer.

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