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Genealogist Milton Rubincam dies at 88

September 12, 1997

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Milton Rubincam, called ``the dean of American genealogists″ by the Smithsonian Institution, has died of complications related to diabetes and vascular disease.

He died Tuesday at Washington Adventist Hospital. He was 88.

Rubincam, who helped popularize the pursuit of family histories, did not pursue genealogy full time until his retirement in 1972. Before that, he worked for the Social Security Administration, the Board of Economic Welfare and the Commerce Department.

Rubincam served four terms as president of the National Genealogical Society before becoming editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and then its book review editor, writing an estimated 2,000 reviews over 25 years.

Rubincam, who lived in Hyattsville, Md., was known in the genealogy community for his painstaking research, precise accuracy and dogged insistence on documentation and primary sources.

He was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Ocean City, N.J. He attended Temple University in Philadelphia and American University in Washington.

He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Teasdale Rubincam, three sons, and a grandson.

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