Pro­fes­sor killed in pedes­trian crash in Prince­ton

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - FRONT PAGE - By David Foster dfos­ter@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @tren­to­nian­david on Twit­ter

PRINCE­TON » Les­lie Ru­bin and her hus­band, Charles Ru­bin, were in­sep­a­ra­ble in life and at work.

The mar­ried cou­ple worked at the same higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions the whole time they were mar­ried for the past 36 years.

Trag­i­cally, Les­lie was killed Tues­day night walk­ing in the cross­walk on Washington Road at Nas­sau Street in Prince­ton. Po­lice said the 62-year-old was hit when a 2017 Terex Ad­vanced ce­ment truck turned left onto Washington Road from Nas­sau Street at ap­prox­i­mately 4:45 p.m.

Les­lie died at the scene due to the in­juries she sus­tained from be­ing struck.

The truck was driven by Ralph Allen, 60, of Oak Lane in Taber­na­cle. He re­ported no in­juries.

At the time of the crash, Les­lie was liv­ing in Prince­ton on Nas­sau Street with her hus­band, who is a vis­it­ing fel­low for the James Madi­son Pro­gram at Prince­ton Univer­sity.

The Ru­bins both worked as pro­fes­sors at Duquesne Univer­sity in Pitts­burgh. Charles is an as­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor of po­lit­i­cal sci­ence and Les­lie was an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in the same depart­ment.

The found­ing direc­tor of the James Madi­son Pro­gram at Prince­ton took to so­cial me­dia to mourn the loss of Les­lie.

“All of us here are in a state of shock. We’ve thrown our arms around our dear Char­lie in a des­per­ate ef­fort to com­fort him — and our­selves,” Prince­ton pro­fes­sor Robert P. Ge­orge tweeted.

In a Fe­bru­ary 2013 article in Duquesne’s stu­dent-run news­pa­per, the cou­ple was fea­tured in a story near Valen­tine’s Day about be­ing mar­ried and work­ing to­gether. The article stated that the cou­ple first met in a grad­u­ate po­lit­i­cal the­ory pro­gram at Bos­ton Col­lege and then tied the knot five years later in 1981. They first worked to­gether as po­lit­i­cal the­ory pro­fes­sors at Kenyon Col­lege in Ohio be­fore trans­fer­ring to Duquesne in 1987, the story out­lines.

“I don’t know what it would be like to teach at dif­fer­ent places,” Les­lie said at the time.

In ad­di­tion to her hus­band, Les­lie leaves be­hind their daugh­ter and son.

The cause of the crash re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Prince­ton po­lice is re­quest­ing any­one who wit­nessed the crash to con­tact Traf­fic Safety Bureau su­per­vi­sor Sgt. Thomas Mur­ray at 609-9212100 ext. 1879.


Les­lie Ru­bin (left) with her hus­band, Charles, at Duquesne Univer­sity.

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