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 Ruben Weltsch

Ruben Weltsch

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Death 19 Jul 2011 (aged 90)
Burial New Paltz, Ulster County, New York, USA
Plot Sec. Z, Block 38, Row 3 No. 1
Memorial ID 101366850 · View Source
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Ruben Weltsch, a resident of Woodland Pond in New Paltz, died on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. He was 90 years old. Born in Berlin, he came to the U.S. alone at a young age while his father, noted writer and editor Robert Weltsch, and sister Shoshana fled the Nazis to Palestine. He attended an undergraduate high school outside of Florence, and once in the United States, graduated from Amherst College. He went on to earn advanced degrees from Columbia and the University of Colorado. In 1949, while a librarian at Rice University, he met Patricia Jacobs who was a student there; they were married in September of 1953.
Ruben's tremendous knowledge of history, languages and classical music made him much in demand as a scholar- he served as President of the CHC-Czechoslovak History Conference for two years and was a longtime writer of historical abstracts for ABC-Clio, earning a special honorary plaque for achievement. Ruben was at the State University at Stony Brook for many years, beginning in 1958. He served jointly as a professor and the director of the library, eventually leaving his library post to focus solely on teaching in the history department, where he continued as Associate Professor until 1986. In retirement, he volunteered at the library he once headed, helping to catalog classical music scores. He was much beloved by his students and colleagues. His vast knowledge, warm manner and modest demeanor endeared him to everyone.
He is survived by his wife Patricia in New Paltz; son Dan living in Alexandria, VA; and daughter Deborah and granddaughter Emily Rose Horowitz, both of Tilson. Also surviving are two sisters in Israel; Daniella Tal, of Jerusalem, and Shoshana Gumpert of Zikhron Ya'akov, as well as nieces, nephews and extended family. He will be greatly missed. (New Paltz Times, 7-28-2011)


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  • Created by: Susan Stessin-Cohn
  • Added: 27 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101366850
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ruben Weltsch (10 Feb 1921–19 Jul 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101366850, citing New Paltz Rural Cemetery, New Paltz, Ulster County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Susan Stessin-Cohn (contributor 47224054) .