A graveside service for Rubin Sher, 96, New Albany, will be held at 2:30 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at New Albany National Cemetery with military honors. He died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Hillcrest Village Heath Care Centre.
He was a native of Louisville, born Feb. 11, 1917, to the late Leah and David Sher. He attended Julliard School, graduated from the Louisville School of Music, received his Master of Music from Butler University and was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII.
Rubin was a member of the Louisville Orchestra for more than 30 years. His first jobs were as staff violinist at both WAVE and WHAS radio. He began teaching at Southern Jr. High School and later at Manual High School and Highland Jr. High. At both schools, he developed award-winning groups.
In 1963, he started the string program in New Albany that grew from eight students to more than 700. He also founded the Louisville Youth Orchestra, the Floyd County Youth Symphony and was the conductor of the J.C.C. Orchestra for many years.
Throughout the years, Rubin received numerous honors and awards for his work in the community and with children, most notably from Bellarmine University and the Jewish Community Center. Recently, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Indiana Arts Council, was inducted into the Manual High School Hall of Fame in 2010 and the New Albany High School Hall of Fame in 2012.
In his youth, Rubin loved to play tennis, and in his later years he enjoyed watching basketball, football and loved to travel. His greatest achievement was touching, inspiring and bringing joy to the thousands of students he influenced throughout the years. He took pleasure in hearing from his former “kids.” He genuinely loved his life, enjoyed people, loved a good story and always had a ready smile.
He was a member of the Temple Shalom, both Indiana and Kentucky Retired Teachers Associations, a lifetime member of the Louisville Federation of Musicians and Hobart Beach VFW Post and a Kentucky Colonel.
He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Nancy Sher; his children, Michael (Paula) of Long Island, N.Y., Martin (Kerry) of New Albany, and Sam of Los Angeles, Calif.; and his grandsons, David (Yukiko) and Benjamin (Denise).
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Scholarship Fund in Memory of Rubin Sher, c/o Herman Meyer & Son, 1338 Ellison Ave., Louisville, KY 40204.