Ann Sydney Rubinson, a longtime resident of Downeast Maine, passed away at the age of 83 on Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Blue Hill.
Ann was born March 22, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Nathan and Rose (Satinsky) Rubinson. She was raised and attended schools in Philadelphia. During her summers, she often spent time at girls’ camps in Maine. It was through this experience that Ann developed her love of her future home, returning to visit often. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr University, earning her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology. During her career, Dr. Rubinson specialized in marriage and family therapy. During her lifetime, Ann also was a cellist for both the Boston and Philadelphia philharmonic orchestras. After many successful years in private practice, Ann was able to permanently settle in Maine. She lived in Ellsworth for many years, before moving to Addison to live with her friend, Kathy Fonda. Ann was very proud of her Jewish ancestry. She celebrated that part of herself by donating to Holocaust memorials, offering donations to plant trees in Israel and supporting other causes of importance to that heritage. While living in Ellsworth, Ann regularly attended the Sunday services of Pastor Leland Bowden, who she loved dearly, at Christian Ridge Church of God. Ann was in fellowship by her church family, when she accepted the Lord in 2001. Ann was known to her many friends as a “dog whisperer,” who was empathetic to all canines. She was also a huge fan of the New York Times crossword puzzle, seeking out and collecting many editions.
Ann reaped the harvest of many friendships over the years. Two, being the closest, were Kathy Fonda of Addison and Gloria Hutchins of Bangor.
A gathering will be announced at a later date.