My Dad was a talented musician who was considered to have professional-level musical talent, and he was simultaneously a ground-breaking attorney.
He was also my primary nurturer. We were fortunate to have an open-minded Father who raised us to be bold, honest, and self-disciplined.
My Dad was a gifted clarinetist who won music competitions growing up. He was encouraged to play professionally. He rarely did so, because he was overly humble about his talent.
Soon after graduating from Yale Law School in 1953, his college friend — Donn Cohen — my Uncle — recommended him to his Dad — PA Attorney General Herbert Cohen — my Grandfather — and still in his 20s — Bud Rubin became a Deputy Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Department of Justice.
He was an expert in multi-state taxation and a liberal Democrat who advocated for progressive taxation policy. He also contributed to American Civil Rights. He represented African American PA Congressman Leroy Irvis — pro bono — in the well-known and often cited "Moose Lodge Case" in 1972.
My father shared, taught, and encouraged us at family supper, which happened promptly every evening.
Many people loved Bud Rubin and asked if they could attend our small family gathering when he unexpectedly passed away in March 2018. Many people would have been happy to drive through the blizzard to my parents home him in York, PA, but my father did not want any fanfare.
He was so overly humble that he did not want any type of memorial service.
I plan to not abide by my Dad's wishes, and I am going to hold a musical gathering in his honor.