Dr. Stephen Edward Rubin, 83, longtime resident of Westport, Connecticut passed away on April 5, 2022.
Steve was a husband, father and educational innovator. After graduating from Brooklyn College and New York University where he earned his first PhD in Systems Theory, Dr. Rubin, became the principal of Center School in New Canaan, Connecticut. There, he made an indelible mark on education, student success and the hearts and minds of multiple generations of kids, faculty and other staff.
Center School, under his direction and with the multi-talented staff, became a social-educational experiment unlike any other. It was featured in Newsweek and The New York Times for its extraordinary atmosphere and remarkable outcomes. After closing Center School in 1983, Dr. Rubin was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Schools in New Canaan until his retirement in 2003.
As Founder and President of the Institute for General Systems Management, Steve brought his vision for elementary education to a nationalaudience. He was a frequent speaker at The Aspen Institute. Dr. Rubin also authored a book, Public Schools Should Learn to Ski: A Systems Based Approach to Education. In 1994, Dr. Rubin joined the administrative faculty at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield where he was Founder and Director of Educational Leadership and Management. He retired in 2014.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Adrienne, two adult children – Jason and Victoria – their spouses and seven grandchildren.