Jerry Clyde Rubin was an American social activist, anti-war leader, and counterculture icon during the 1960s and 1970s. He is known for being one of the co-founders of the Youth International Party, whose members were referred to as Yippies. Rubin organized the Vietnam Day Committee, that led some of the first big protests against the Vietnam War. He died in California in 1998, at the age of 80.
About Jerry Rubin in brief
Jerry Clyde Rubin was an American social activist, anti-war leader, and counterculture icon during the 1960s and 1970s. He is known for being one of the co-founders of the Youth International Party, whose members were referred to as Yippies. Rubin was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Esther, a homemaker, and Robert Rubin, a trucker who later became a Teamsters’ union official. He attended Oberlin College, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and later went on to graduate from the University of Cincinnati, receiving a degree in history. Rubin’s parents died within ten months of each other, leaving Rubin to take care of his younger brother, Gil, who was 13 at the time. Rubin organized the Vietnam Day Committee, that led some of the first big protests against the Vietnam War. He took part in planning the world’s largest teach-in against the war, organized rallies and demonstrations that attempted to stop a train transporting troops to the Oakland Army Base, as well as trucks carrying napalm. Rubin also ran for mayor of Berkeley, on a platform opposing the Vietnam war, and supporting black power and the legalization of marijuana, receiving over 20 percent of the vote. He died in Los Angeles, California, in 1998. He was buried in a private ceremony at the Los Angeles Jewish Center, where he had worked as a librarian and historian since the 1950s, and was buried next to his wife, who died in 2002.
He had a son, Michael, who is now a successful businessman. He also had a daughter, Jennifer, who lives in New York City, and a son-in-law, who works for a private equity firm. He has a grandson, Michael Rubin Jr., who is a well-known author and author of the book, “Yippies: A Memoir of a Counter-culture Movement,” published by Simon & Schuster, Inc. (Simon &Schuster, 1989). He is survived by his wife and three children. He and his family now live in California, and he has three grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. He lives with his wife in Palo Alto, California and has a daughter who lives with her husband in San Francisco, and has two grandchildren who also live with him in San Diego. Rubin died in California in 1998, at the age of 80. He lived with his family in a house he built in the San Francisco Bay Area, which he bought in the 1970s and 1980s for $1.5 million. His wife, Susan, is still living in the U.S. and has three children, all of whom are well-educated and well-connected. Rubin and his daughter have two grandchildren, who live in the United States and have a son and a step-daughter in California. The couple have two children, Michael and Michael Jr. also lives in California and have two granddaughters, both of whom live with their parents.