GLEN ROCK, N.J. -- Robin Rubinstein, 59, of Glen Rock, died in her sleep at home Friday, June 17, 2016.
She waged a heroic battle against ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, for 3-1/2 years.
She is survived by Eric Hutner, her husband of nearly 34 years, and Andrea (Andie) Hutner, her 26 year-old daughter who recently graduated from UCLA School of Law.
She was raised in Fair Lawn by her parents, Shirley and Abe Rubinstein, who passed away in 2009 and 1989, respectively. As an only child, she grew up in a loving home, where friends were always welcome and her parents were everyone’s “favorite parents.”
She graduated from Boston University in 1979 (BA in history) and from Columbia University in 1982 (master's degree in public policy and administration).
She worked in New York City government for eight years, the last of which were as Mayor Ed Koch’s assistant representative on the city's Board of Estimate. She chaired the key bi-weekly meetings, at which the city's business was done and was referred to by other members of government and the public as “Madam Mayor.”
Rubinstein and husband, Eric, moved from Manhattan to Glen Rock shortly after the birth of their daughter and, soon after, she began a 24-year career as a “professional volunteer” in the local school district, serving in almost every capacity. From 2012-15, Rubinstein served as an elected trustee on the Glen Rock Board of Education, resigning midway through her second term due to her worsening illness.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Robert Schoem’s Menorah Chapel in Paramus, and the family will sit shivah at 38 Griswold Place, Glen Rock fro 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the ALS Association's Greater New York Chapter.