Harley Rubenstein died on June 20, 2011, followed shortly by the death of CDR’s State President, Laura Williams. These two dedicated people worked tirelessly for the disability community.
Harley was a vibrant teenager, a member of the National Honors Society and an Eagle Scout. As a teenager he had 2 golf ball sized tumors removed from his head leaving him in a coma for 5 months. Upon awakening he was paralyzed from the waist down. This did not stop Harley! After rehab, Harley went to CSULB and graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in American Studies/Business. Thus began his career at the Betty Clooney Disabled Resource Foundation helping people with brain injuries navigate through job placement and government services prior to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Harley was appointed to the Los Angeles Commission for Persons with Disabilities serving as Vice President. Transportation was a very important issue to Harley who served on the Access Services Community Advisory Committee. He was also the Vice Chair for the Metro Gateway Cities Service; working to provide efficient and effective transportation for Los Angeles County.
Harley is survived by his wife of 25 years, Susan and their two children, Jacob and Ruth. His Memorial Service was held on Saturday, June 25, 2011. In attendance were family and friends as well as many community members from the Disabled Resources Center, Access Services, Long Beach Transit, Metro, L.A. County and the City of Long Beach.
Harley you were a great friend and advocate, you will be missed.