Albert B. Rubenstein, a retired Hecht Co. advertising employee who competed in the Senior Olympics in his later years, died April 1 at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville. He was 83.
Mr. Rubenstein, who entered the home in September, had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lou Gehrig's disease.
A native of Baltimore, Mr. Rubenstein graduated from City College in 1926.
An excellent swimmer, he competed as a youth in swim meets at Baltimore's parks.
Mr. Rubenstein began his career in advertising at The Evening Sun in the 1920s. He later worked for the Baltimore American
before moving in the mid-1930s to a job at the
Washington Times Herald. He ran the detail desk in the paper's advertising production department for years.
During World War II, while working at the newspaper, he drew on his swimming experience to help the Navy develop survival techniques for fliers downed at sea.
After the Times Herald was bought by the Washington Post in 1954, Mr. Rubenstein spent two years with the Cincinnati Times Star.
He later returned to Washington to work for Army Times.
In the early 1960s, he joined Hecht's advertising production department. He retired about 1970.
Mr. Rubenstein was a gold medalist in the Senior Olympics, competing until about 18 months ago. He participated in swimming and walking events, shot-putting and throwing the discus.
His wife of 32 years, the former Lee Goodman, died in 1962. His second wife, the former Margaret Palmer, whom he married in 1979, died in 1990.
He is survived by two sons, Stanley E. Rubenstein of Great Neck, N.Y., and Joel K. Rubenstein of Laguna Beach, Calif.; a brother, Dr. Maurice Rubenstein of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family suggested donations to the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington or the ALS-Muscular Dystrophy Foundation, 30 E. Padonia Rd., Timonium, Md. 21093.