Oct 7, 2012, 12:29 PM
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It is with great sadness, I announce the loss of Dr. Leonard Ruby. Len, age 70, died Oct. 3, while bringing his Laser back to the beach, after a day of sailing by his house on Cape Cod. Len had an amazing life, serving his country in the Vietnam war, 1968-69, and continuing in the reserves, leaving as a Lt. Commander in 1975. Dr. Ruby was a renowned surgeon, who established the orthopedic hand surgery division at the Tufts-New England Medical Center. He was involved in pioneering efforts to reattach severed fingers and enjoyed a long career, in both, surgery and in teaching medical students at Tufts Medical School as a full professor. He was widely published in Medical journals.
EIGHT BELLS - Len Ruby
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Len grew up and sailed in San Francisco, Ca. He won the El Toro Nationals at age 17, in 1959. After moving East, he began sailing Sunfish, and fell in love with the Class. He won the North Americans in 1982 and served as class president in 1992-93. He also won the International and US Masters Championships many times. He also represented his country in the Laser Class at the Maccabiah Games in 1985. Perhaps, Len’s greatest contribution to the sport was his infectious enthusiasm. He was constantly helping and mentoring young sailors. Len used his knowledge and skill as a hand surgeon, combined with his love of physical fitness, to promote fitness training for sailing. He was also constantly patching up damaged hands and fingers for sailors, after heavy air race days!
Unfortunately, in 1999, Len was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. While he could no longer sail in international events, he continued to race in regattas in New England and sailed as many days as weather permitted from April thru October. While we all will miss him greatly, we take comfort in knowing that he died while doing his favorite thing- Sailing on Waqouit Bay!
Len was the beloved husband of Margaret Ruby. He is also survived by three loving children, Brian Ruby of Falmouth, Rebecca Anzidei and husband Christopher of Bethesda, MD, Abigail Ruby and her fiancée Blake Demmers of Jamaica Plain, a brother David Ruby of Denver, CO, a sister Beth Pollock of San Francisco, CA, three grandchildren, Vincent, Helen, and Timothy Anzidei, and many nieces and nephews.