Professor killed in pedestrian crash in Princeton
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.