A Better World

“The world cannot afford the loss of the talents of half of its people if we are to solve the many problems which beset us.” This is from Rosalyn Yalow’s speech at a banquet in Stockholm during the week in which she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. It was given on 12/10/77, a Friday. This prize for a woman was a rare occurrence.

Eight days later my spouse and I were wed. It was the happiest day of my life.

She was to be the key to raising our two children, born ten years apart, a girl and a boy. I could not spend as much time with them as Kristine, though what drove me was to see to it that, unlike with my own father’s attitude towards me, they would feel enormously loved.

In addition to that Kristine spent vast amounts of time reading to them when they were little tykes. I believe that heightened their curiosity about life, how things work and how they should work. I consider that a key factor in their independence and success in the business world.

Even with that Kristine developed a business as an artist that steadily helped our family. We of course were enriched by the beautiful work of her hands.

Having had a life in which I had to deal with biases towards me because my name was Rubin, I was thrilled when my daughter, a corporate attorney, was elected to the school board in her community in 2019. The corporation she is working for is involved in scientific, quality control. I am also delighted with the progress for women in the labor force, particularly the sciences, and government in these 43 years since Rosalyn Yalow’s speech and our precious, holy matrimony.

H. Robert Rubin, best-selling, Amazon memoirist and author of Look Backward Angel, How Did I Get Through This? and Please Save the Third Dance for Me, all available on Amazon.

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