The Mackinac Bridge Authority loses an icon as the first executive secretary Larry Rubin passes away
Bob Sweeney, MBA Executive Secretary, email@example.com
May 12, 2010 -- With deep regret, the Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) today announced the death of former MBA Executive Secretary Mr. Lawrence (Larry) A. Rubin after a brief illness. Born in Chelsea, Mass., Rubin became the MBA board's first executive secretary, serving from its creation in 1950 until his retirement in 1983.
From 1954 to 1960, Rubin also served as secretary-treasurer of the International Bridge Authority, and as executive director of the Michigan Good Roads Federation from 1947 to 1952. Additionally, he authored two popular books about the Mackinac Bridge called, "Mighty Mac," and "Bridging the Straits."
Rubin was inducted into the Michigan Transportation Hall of Honor in 1988. To honor his service to the state of Michigan and the Mackinac Bridge Authority, the conference room in the MBA administration building in St. Ignace was named the Lawrence A. Rubin Conference Center.
Considered an icon by many in the St. Ignace community, the Straits area, and the transportation industry, Rubin was a passionate advocate for the bridge and his legacy will live on for decades. He will be missed by many friends and family members.
Condolences may be sent to Elma and David Rubin at W71 Mackinac Heights Drive, St. Ignace, Mich., 49781.
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