Anthony J. Rubino

June 18, 1992

Anthony J. "Tony" Rubino, who formerly headed the U.S. Naval Academy's physical education department, died early yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center of injuries from an automobile collision on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Mr. Rubino, 77, was westbound when his Cadillac was sideswiped by an Oldsmobile veering out of a lane temporarily designated for eastbound traffic. Mr. Rubino's car then collided head-on with a Honda.

A longtime resident of Annapolis, he was a former chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness. He was on the faculty of the academy's physical education department for 32 years, and served as deputy director of physical education -- the senior civilian position in the department -- from 1959 until his retirement in 1980.

Born in Malvern, Pa., Mr. Rubino was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where he lettered in track, cross country and boxing. He was first assigned to the academy in 1942 under the V-5 program of physical fitness for Navy fliers during World War II. He later retired as a captain in the Naval Reserve.

Mr. Rubino returned to the academy in 1948 to succeed the legendary Spike Webb as boxing coach.

He was the first member of the physical education department to reach the rank of full professor, and was granted professor emeritus status upon his retirement.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Ruth Elizabeth Louis; a son, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Rubino, stationed in Philadelphia; three daughters, Jane Carroll of Madison, Conn., Cheryl Rubino of Raleigh, N.C., and Mary Conrad Rubino of Spring Valley, N.Y.; a brother, Daniel Rubino, and three sisters, Mellie McErlane, Esther Cavuto and Lucy DeFillippo, all of Malvern; and four grandchildren;

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Annapolis. The family suggested memorial donations to St. Mary's Church.

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