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Alvin Rutstein, physics teacher, real estate leader, WWII veteran; Jan. 10, 1914 -- Dec. 31, 2010

Alvin "Ockie" Rutstein, a longtime physics teacher for Buffalo Public Schools and real estate leader, died Friday in Weinberg Campus, Getzville, after a brief illness. He was 96.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Rutstein graduated from East High School and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in physics, chemistry and education from the University of Buffalo.

Mr. Rutstein was an Army veteran of World War II, and after graduating from Officer Candidate School, became a first lieutenant in the Signal Corps -- in charge of communications installations throughout the South Pacific.

For 30 years, he taught physics, chemistry and math in several Buffalo high schools.

In addition to teaching, he was co-owner of L.A. Grant Real Estate Co., which later became Metro Grant.

In 1974, he became president of the Greater Buffalo Board of Realtors and was among the charter members who created the multiple listing system. Mr. Rutstein was named Realtor of the Year in 1981 and received the Realtor Emeritus award in 2000. He retired in 2005.

A member of Temple Beth Zion, Mr. Rutstein was a Boy Scout leader for many years, and helped found Camp Scout Haven.

His wife of 69 years, the former Estelle Rieger, died in 2008.

Surviving are two daughters, Marilyn Schillroth and Shellie.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today in Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave.