Marvin Lubert



Dr. Marvin Lubert of Niskayuna, NY died on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at his residence

Dr. Lubert was born May 20, 1930, the youngest child of Henry and Gertrude Lubert. Along with his older siblings Mortimer (“Morty”) and Sidney, Marvin grew up on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, New York. From an early age he displayed a deep passion and unusual aptitude for mathematics and physics. He attended the Bronx High School of Science and then the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, where he studied mathematics and physics and obtained his Bachelor’s degree. He was accepted into the doctoral program in nuclear physics at Columbia University, then one of the very best programs of its kind in the country. He obtained his Master’s degree from Columbia, but his doctoral work was interrupted when he drafted into the U.S. Army. 

Marvin was stationed at Walter Reed Hospital and lived in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife Elaine Lubert ( née Kaufman), whom he married in 1954. It was while they lived in Tacoma Park that Marvin and Elaine gave birth to Alan, the first of their four children. A few years later the family moved to Niskayuna, NY, when Marvin accepted a position at General Electric’s Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL). Once settled in Niskayuna Marvin and Elaine gave Alan three siblings: Richard, Sharon, and Howard. While working for KAPL Marvin resumed his graduate work, earning his Ph.D. in fluid mechanics from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Marvin worked as a physicist for KAPL for 40 years. After retiring from GE Marvin was an adjunct Professor at RPI, where he also advised Ph.D. students. 

Marvin’s passion for science was matched by his passion for sports, music, puzzles, and art. He played basketball for Brooklyn Polytechnic—standing 6’6” tall, he was perhaps a “natural” for the court. Marvin enjoyed sports, both as participant and spectator, and he proved himself to be a more-than-competent bowler and golfer. He particularly enjoyed golfing and skiing, activities that he pursued into his 50s, when a back injury and the onset of MS forced him to pursue other hobbies. At that time he took up oil painting and proved to have a talent for it. He was a life-long crossword puzzler, and an excellent one at that, filling out the daily New York Times puzzle in minutes—and in ink. He was also a devoted, knowledgeable, and life-long lover of classical music and opera. 

Marvin was also dedicated to his community; he was particularly active in the Jewish community in Niskayuna. He was for many years a congregant and a leader at Agudat Achim synagogue, participating actively in the Men’s Club and, in the mid-1970s, as the Temple’s president. 

Most of all, though, Marvin loved and was committed to his family. He dedicated endless time and energy to his children. He took a keen interest in their education; encouraged them in music, arts, and sports; encouraged them to follow their dreams; and was supportive when they stumbled or were uncertain. His children continued to turn to him for guidance and advice well into their adult years. Finally, he was a devoted husband and loved Elaine dearly. What could be written here could fill a volume, for he was always there for his family. 

Marvin is survived by his wife—whose love and devotion to him has been extraordinary—by his four children and their spouses, Suzanne Gladney Lubert, Ava Lubert, Michael Daley and Caroline Lubert and six grandchildren, Carly and Leah Lubert, Andrea, Paul and Brian Daley and Sarah Lubert, and by a number of nephews and cousins. They all cherish his memory and miss him dearly. 

Services at the Agudat Achim Cemetery, Schermerhorn Street in Rotterdam, NY ( off Carman Road) on Thursday, January 11.2018 at 11:00am


A very special thank you to Dr. Arthur Stevens for all of his care, compassion and friendship to Marvin and his family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marvin’s memory may be made to Congregation Agudat Achim, Catholic Charities or a charity of your choice.