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Death of Dr. Rubinstein, Political Scientist

Dr. Alvin Z. Rubinstein, professor of political science, died on December 18, at the age of 74. Dr. Rubinstein had planned to retire at the end of the fall semester.

Dr. Rubinstein was a graduate of the New York State Maritime Academy and served on the ships the Bennington and Ticonderoga from 1954-1956. He received his B.B.A. from the City College of New York in 1949, his M.A. and Ph.D. from Penn in 1950 and 1954 respectively. He began his teaching career at Harvard's Russian Research Center in 1956, became a lecturer at City College of New York in 1957 and joined Penn's political science department in September of 1957 as a lecturer. He became an assistant professor in 1959, and associate professor in 1961, and a professor of political science in 1966, a position he held until his death. While at Penn he was the director of The Anspach Institute for Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from 1968-1970. He was also the chair of the Graduate Program in International Relations from 1966 through 1970.

Dr. Rubinstein's research focused on Russian foreign policy, conflict in the Third World and national security affairs. Among his published works are Russian Foreign Policy: From Empire to Nation-State; Soviet Policy Toward Turkey, Iran, and Afghanistan; Red Star on the Nile: The Soviet Egyptian Influence Relationship Since the June War; and Yugoslavia and the Nonaligned World. He received the Marshall Shulman Prize for his book Moscow's Third World Strategy, awarded by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

In addition to his writing of many books and articles, Dr. Rubinstein's professional activities included: Speaker for the U.S. Information Agency (U.S.I.A.) in Hungary, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, France, South Korea, Pakistan and India. He was also a the recipient of numerous fellowships including Ford, Rockefeller, Guggenheim, Earhart foundations, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Philosophical Society. Dr. Rubinstein was also a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He was a visiting fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge University (1974-1975), and a Senior Associate at St. Anthony's College, Oxford University (1985).

He is survived by his wife, Frankie, and a sister. A memorial service will be held on Sunday January 20, at 1 p.m. in the Hall of Flags, Houston Hall.

Note: CLICK HERE for the death of Dr. Jonathan Rhoads, professor of surgery.

At press time, Almanac learned of the deaths of Subin and Sajani Shrestha, University employees, and of Yash Kasbekar, a Wharton junior. Their deaths will be reported in the next issue of Almanac.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 17, January 8, 2002


January 8, 2002
Volume 48 Number 17

Dr. Jonathan E. Rhoads, provost emeritus and pioneering professor of surgery, leaves a legacy after a life-long career at Penn. Services will be held on January 12.
Dr. Alvin Rubinstein, professor of political science, died December 18 after teaching here for 44 years.
President Judith Rodin welcomes back the Penn community and encourages participation in the MLK celebrations and community service projects.
Penn and other organizations founded by Benjamin Franklin participate in the fourth annual celebration of his life on January 17.
Dr. Susan Fuhrman will be recommended to the Trustees for reappointment as dean of the Graduate School of Education.
Out with FinMIS and in with BEN Financials as Penn rings in the new year as a successful upgrade to a new, web-based purchasing environment is complete.
Procards no longer permitted for purchases from suppliers who are in the new Penn Marketplace; BEN Buys is the new system for placing orders.
Postdoctoral Stipend levels for FY03 are no longer based on NIH guidelines.
The Sexual Harassment Policy is published OF RECORD to familiarize the University community with the resources available for resolving complaints.
Blood Drives this month target faculty, staff and students.
Doctoral students and postdoc fellows interested in pursuing the academic job market are invited to the sixth annual series beginning January 18.
Corrections to the Faculty/Staff Directory are due January 23 so they can be included in the upcoming addendum.
The Penn's Way campaign announces the winners of the week four and week five raffles. Week six winners and the grand prize winner will be in next week.