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Lillian B. Rubin | Sociologist, writer, 90

Lillian B. Rubin, 90, who at midlife became a sociologist, psychotherapist, and best-selling author of books that examined race, class, and the sexual revolution from the viewpoint of those caught in society's shifts, died June 17 at her San Francisco home. Her death was confirmed by her daughter, Marci Rubin.

Mrs. Rubin wrote a dozen books, including Intimate Strangers: Men and Women Together (1983), about how differences between the sexes affect matters such as sexuality, work, and parenting.

Raised in poverty by an abusive mother, Mrs. Rubin had a deep personal connection to some of her subjects.

She graduated from high school at 15, married at 19, and had a baby soon after. In 1952 she moved with her family to Los Angeles, where she managed congressional campaigns for progressive candidates. In 1959 her marriage ended in divorce.

Through her political work she met Hank Rubin and married him in 1962. In 1963, at 39, she entered UC Berkeley, earning a bachelor's degree in 1967, a master's in 1968, and a doctorate in sociology in 1971. - L.A. Times
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