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Longtime Port Washington resident Leroy Rubin passed away at North Shore University Hospital on July 21, 2001, after a prolonged illness. He was 74. An optometrist for 50 years, Lee, as he was known to his many friends, was an accomplished painter, cartoonist, lecturer and had a special lifelong passion for photography.

A graduate of the Columbia University School of Optometry and the SUNY College of Optometry in Manhattan, where he earned his Doctor of Optometry degree, Lee later compiled and authored the Optometric Handbook, which has been printed in three editions and is considered the definitive publication in its field.

A member of the Photography Club of LI for nearly 20 years, Lee had been program chairman for 17 years. He was recently honored with a Certificate of Appreciation and was designated Program Chairman Emeritus. He had also been founder and co-producer of the club's annual multimedia Slide and Music Show.

His expertise in photography is reflected in his paintings, done with acrylics, many of which depict scenic vistas. The topics of his lectures also centered around photography, including classes on how to see a picture, how to do an essay and on humor in photography. Photography Club members, along with other friends of many years, knew Lee as a man of quiet reserve with dignity, honor, compassion and with strong concern for the feelings of others, in addition to his well known subtle wit.

Lee was born in NYC on Aug. 6, 1926 and moved to Port Washington in 1966. He is survived by his wife, Alice; four children, Jaime, Hildy, Elissa and Jonathan; along with seven grandchildren; and a brother, Leonard.

Services were held at the Austin F. Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington, with interment at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Maspeth, Queens.


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