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Lois S. Rubin, longtime teacher, became attorney July 28, 1934 -- Aug. 5, 2011

Lois S. Rubin of East Amherst, an attorney in the Buffalo area, died Aug. 5 while vacationing in Saratoga Springs, after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 87.

A native of Boston, Mass., the former Lois Speyer attended Jackson College (Tufts University) majoring in mathematics. She then pursued graduate studies at Harvard University.

She married Ronald Rubin and moved to the New York City area, where they started their family. Mrs. Rubin completed a master's degree in education at Adelphi University and taught math to junior and senior high school students while raising her family. Her husband was offered a promotion, and in 1974, she and her family moved to Richmond, Va.

Mrs. Rubin obtained a doctoral degree in education from the University of Virginia while she was a teacher in the Henrico County school system.

Another job opportunity for her husband caused her to leave Virginia and move to Buffalo in 1990. Once in Buffalo, she earned a law degree, passed the New York State Bar exam and for the remainder of her life, practiced mediation law in the Buffalo area.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Dr. Ronald Rubin; two daughters, Judith DeJarnett and Ellen Smith; a son, Lawrence Rubin; and a brother, Jason L. Speyer.

Services were held last week.

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