Statement by the American Diabetes Association on the Passing of Richard R. Rubin, PhD, CDE

Alexandria,
March 26, 2013

The American Diabetes Association mourns the loss of Richard R. Rubin, PhD, CDE from Monkton, Maryland. Dr. Rubin served as an Association volunteer for more than 30 years, having been President, Health Care and Education in 2006–2007, chair of the Association’s Committee on Professional Councils, and chair of the Council on Behavioral Medicine and Psychology. He was a member of the Association’s Program Publications Editorial Board, Scientific and Medical Programs Oversight Committee, Health Care Finance Administration Advisory Group, and Health Care and Education Advisory Board, Pinnacle Society and he chaired the Task Force on the Delivery of Diabetes Education and Medical Nutrition Therapy. He has received multiple awards from the Association over the years, including the Outstanding Educator in Diabetes Award in 1997, Levine Medal for Service in 2007 and the Addison B. Scoville Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in 2010.

“Dr. Rubin made remarkable contributions as an Association volunteer and diabetes educator throughout his career,” commented Larry Hausner, Chief Executive Officer, American Diabetes Association. “His commitment in the fight to stop diabetes was truly inspirational. He will be greatly missed by the many lives he has touched and we send our condolences to his family.”

Dr. Rubin was also a professor of medicine and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He had been involved as a principal or co-investigator in several long-term studies in the management of diabetes, including the Diabetes Prevention Program and Look AHEAD trials. Additionally he was an investigator in the POWER trial of weight loss in primary care settings.

About the American Diabetes Association

More than 29 million Americans have diabetes, and every 23 seconds another person is diagnosed with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (Association) is the global authority on diabetes and since 1940 has been committed to its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. To tackle this global public health crisis, the Association drives discovery in research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, as well as to search for cures; raises voice to the urgency of the diabetes epidemic; and provides support and advocacy for people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing diabetes and the health care professionals who serve them. For more information, please call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETESS (1-800-342-2383) or visit diabetes.org. Information from both of these sources is available in English and Spanish. Find us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn)