Jack A. Rubin died during a medical procedure at Poway Pomerado Hospital, Jan. 16, 2007. A resident of San Diego, he was 71.
Rubin held a BS in geochemistry from San Fernando Valley State
College. In 1956, he took his first step into a lifelong career in
advanced ceramics at Atomics International, where he pioneered new
ceramic production techniques. He then worked at Gladding, McBean &
Co. before cofounding Ceradyne Inc. with Joel Moskowitz in 1967.
Rubin, who became vice president/technical director of Kyocera
International Inc. in 1978, has continued to work within the ceramics
community at companies such as Interamics, Microelectronic Packaging
Inc., Raychem and Polese Co. He participated in the Gemini, Apollo and
Space Shuttle programs, authored many scientific papers, and held 17
Rubin leaves behind his wife, Erica, one sister, three sons and a grandson.
An emetitus member of ACerS, he was affiliated with the Refractory Ceramics Division.