The ICA is saddened to learn of the passing of Harry J (Bud) Rubin. Rubin was lawyer and a clarinetist and served as the voluntary legal council for the ICA since 1976. Below is a note from Rubin’s nephew, clarinetist Todd Levy.
“Tonight my family mourns the loss of my uncle, Harry J (Bud) Rubin. A great man, incredibly bright legal mind to the end of his nearly 90 years, and a wonderful amateur clarinetist for many years. Bud was one of my early inspirations on the clarinet. Every summer, he would invite me over to play duets at his house on Long Beach Island on the Jersey shore, which conveniently was right across the street from my grandparents’ house. Bud studied clarinet with the great Iggy Genusa, with whom I eventually had some lessons, so I was fortunate to hear beautiful tone from an early age. When I decided to pursue a career in music, Bud of course followed my path with great interest, always trying to attend concerts that I would play in NY, and after moving to Milwaukee, listening to the Milwaukee Symphony recordings and live concerts on NPR. Bud loved the clarinet, and law, but I think he vicariously lived his dreams of a life in music through me, and I was always happy to call him up and share certain milestones along the way. A recent highlight for him was when Ricardo Morales asked me to play Guest Principal for him for 6 weeks with the Philadelphia Orchestra when Ricardo’s daughter Victoria was born. Bud was thrilled beyond belief to hear me playing with the orchestra that he grew up listening to and admiring his whole life, and a long way from where I started, playing those duets with him as a young kid.
In addition, Bud was our family lawyer his whole life, for both my parents and my grandparents. And since 1976, has been voluntary legal council for the International Clarinet Association. Julie DeRoche recently wrote on the ICA website:
“Drafting our legal incorporation documents was attorney, Harry “Bud” Rubin from York, Pennsylvania. Bud Rubin is the most important volunteer we have ever had. His generosity has been equaled only by his expertise. Consistently refusing to even allow the I.C.A. to pay his conference registration, he is to our organization what a good reed is to a clarinetist, a rare and cherished find.”
RIP Bud, we all will miss you.”