The Rubin family, MBA and MDOT will hold memorial service for Larry Rubin on June 4

May 21, 2010

The Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) today announced a memorial service will take place for Lawrence (Larry) A. Rubin, former MBA Executive Secretary, on Friday, June 4, in St. Ignace. The service is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Bridge View Park.

In a highway career spanning 40 years, Rubin made his most prominent mark as executive officer of the MBA 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. He worked with other good-roads advocates to develop a landmark highway needs study that led to the passage of Act 51 of 1951, Michigan's basic highway law.

Additionally, Rubin authored two extremely popular books about the Mackinac Bridge called, "Mighty Mac: The Official Picture History of the Mackinac Bridge," and "Bridging the Straits." Each September, Rubin waited patiently to autograph his book for many walkers that recently completed the five-mile annual bridge walk.

State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle said, "Larry's legacy will last forever. He was a vital piece of the history of the Mackinac Bridge and will be forever remembered for his outstanding contributions to Michigan."

Rubin was inducted into the Michigan Transportation Hall of Honor in 1988. To honor his service to the state of Michigan and the MBA, the conference room in the MBA administration building in St. Ignace was named the Lawrence A. Rubin Conference Center.

Steudle added, "Rubin also was an important figure in the financing of the construction of the bridge and supervised its operation and maintenance throughout his career."

Considered an icon by many in the Straits Area communities 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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