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San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, December 18, 2001
A 24

Dr. Robert Rubenstein
by Janine DeFao

Dr. Robert C. Rubenstein, a Belvedere psychoanalyst and painter, died Dec. 11 at Marin General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 75.

A San Francisco native and a graduate of Lowell High School and Stanford University, Dr. Rubenstein did his residency at Yale Medical School and went on to become a professor of psychiatry. From 1966 to 1973, he was co-director of the Yale Psychiatric Institute.

In 1973, he become medical director of inpatient psychiatric services at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco, where he instituted creative arts programs and held related posts until 1979. He also served as a clinical professor of psychiatry at University of California at San Francisco.

When he retired from private practice 10 years ago, Dr. Rubenstein embarked on a second career as a fine arts painter.

Last year, he joined the psychiatric staff at San Quentin State Prison.

Dr. Rubenstein is survived by his wife, Anne; daughter, Catherine, of Marin County; sons Dirk and Jeff, both of Marin County, and Matthew of Atlanta; and grandchildren Louie and Jacqueline, also of Atlanta.

The family will hold a private memorial.

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