Dr. Gerald Rubin
Dr. Gerald Rubin was born in Terre Haute , Indiana in the early 1900s.
He attended medical school in Indiana and established a successful ophthalmology practice there. During World War II, Dr. Rubin served five years as a naval officer where he performed hundreds of eye surgeries and earned the reputation of a master eye surgeon.
Following the war, he moved to Albuquerque to continue to pursue his passion for ophthalmology. In 1976, at age 70, Dr. Rubin embarked on a new career, establishing Eye Associates of New Mexico with two younger partners, Dr. Robert Reidy and Dr. Steven Cobb.
Working 20 hours a day, seven days a week, the doctors saw patients all day and operated all night. "Boy, (his unique way of addressing any male compatriot) you're never going to be big unless you think big," he affectionately said to his partners as the practice grew.
Today, Eye Associates of New Mexico continues to expand upon Dr. Rubin's dream, employing 40 doctors and over 400 employees. Specialists commute to small communities across New Mexico that could never sustain local offices to provide consistent, quality eye care to local residents.
Dr. Rubin died in 1991 and his wife Alice passed away soon after. The partners at Eye Associates of New Mexico established an endowment fund, the Eye Associates Gerald and Alice Rubin Memorial Fund, to honor their memories while providing eye care services to the indigent and continuing education in ophthalmology.