Mary Madelyn (Logrando) Rubin, Ph.D. RNC September 20, 1947 (Windber, PA) – February 28, 2022 (Sausalito, CA) Mary Madelyn (Logrando) Rubin, 74, died peacefully at her Sausalito home on February 28 . Mary was born in Windber, Pennsylvania to James Peter “Dick” Logrando and Mary Assunta (Gonnella) Logrando, the second of their three children and only daughter. She was known to her family as “Mede” from early childhood, a nickname based on her older brother’s pronunciation of her first name. Her family owned a news agency in South Fork which also sold sundries and housed a soda fountain, where Mary spent many days working and particularly enjoyed her role as a soda jerk. She was a skilled pianist and played the organ for church services. Mary followed in her mother’s footsteps to train as a nurse and realized her full potential at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in nursing, still working hard to pay her fees. own tuition fees. There she met and married her husband Seth Isaiah Rubin, a psychologist. Between her master’s and doctoral studies, she and Seth lived in Zurich, Switzerland, where Seth trained as a Jungian analyst. The three years they spent in Switzerland were among the happiest of her life and she was always grateful to have been able to live abroad. After returning to the University of Pennsylvania to complete her doctorate, she moved to Sausalito with her husband in July 1992, where she lived and worked for the rest of her life. Mary was a pioneer of colposcopy, a way to examine a woman’s cervix and vaginal tissues using a special magnifying instrument to identify precancerous lesions. She was an expert colposcopist nurse and trained countless medical students, residents, fellows, and nurse practitioners in the technique. She oversaw the DES Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania, where she cared for over 1,000 patients, performed research studies, and was held in high esteem by fellow physicians in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. After moving to California, she worked with the Educational Programs Association to train clinicians in colposcopy and joined the faculty at UCSF, where she attained the rank of full professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Associate Professor at the School of Nursing. She has been recognized for her work with numerous awards from the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners. Mary will be remembered for her cheerful disposition and her devotion to her patients and family. She was truly one of a kind and her loss will be deeply felt by many in her profession, the patients she served, her many friends and family. She is truly irreplaceable. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Dr. Seth Isaiah Rubin of Sausalito, CA; two brothers, James J. Logrando of Duncansville, PA and John C. Logrando of Perkasie, PA; three daughters-in-law, Rachel Rubin-Toles of Tucson, Sara Agahi of San Diego and Amy Hollingworth of Atglen, PA; and many cousins. A memorial service will be held June 5, 2022 at the San Francisco Columbarium. Memorial donations may be made to: Penn Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Claire M. Fagin Hall, 418 Curie Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104-4217.
Published by Marin Independent Journal on March 13, 2022.