Charles “Charlie” Rubinstein, 87, a 48-year member of the IEEE Communications Society, died suddenly on January 30, 2021. He leaves behind a life well lived and a family who loved him dearly. He had a drive to meet people, travel and learn new things. In his early teens, he joined the merchant marines, and later, after his honorable discharge from the US Army, returned to New York City to finish his education. Rubinstein graduated as a member of the class of 1959 from City College of New York, with a Bachelor's of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) where he received the first Sandor I. Oesterreicher Prize for Excellence in the study of Electrical Engineering. Rubinstein later attended New York University, was a member of the Graduating Class of 1961 earning a Master's in Electrical Engineering. Rubinstein had a long career at Bell Laboratories where he delighted in working with people from around the world. He was a Fellow of the Optical Society of America; held at least nine patents, authored 30 technical publications and was inducted into the IEEE Communications Society in 1973. He ended his career at Lucent Technologies.
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