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Jan. 13, 1928 - July 24, 2014

Lenore Rubin, co-founder of the More-Rubin Gallery, died Thursday in her Buffalo home after a long illness. She was 86.

Ms. Rubin was born in Buffalo and graduated from Kenmore High School and SUNY at Buffalo State, from where she earned a bachelor’s degree in arts education. She taught art at an elementary school. In 1973, she and Martje More were partners in Gallery Without Walls in Allentown, later renamed the More-Rubin Gallery.

The gallery gave exhibitions of some of the most important local artists of the time, including Martha Visser’t Hooft, Walter Prochownik and James Kuo.

“Lee Rubin was central to the arts in Buffalo in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and remained integrally involved,” said Anthony Bannon, executive director of the Burchfield Penney Art Center. “She was first-rate; you could go down the list of artists who created the culture of Western New York, and many achieved their voice because of Lee Rubin and Martje More.”

“Lee was always curious about, and accepting about what she didn’t understand. That would be the touchstone of excellence for her: If something threw her for a loop, that would be how she would measure quality,” Bannon said.

Following the gallery’s closing in the 1980s, Ms. Rubin traveled extensively and volunteered at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, where she was a member of the Collections Committee.

Her first husband, Albert I. Hauser, died in 1959. A second husband, Irving Rubin, died in 1971.

Survivors include a daughter, Reine I. Hauser; a son, Eric A. Hauser; one stepdaughter, Toni L. Rubin, and two stepsons, Kroy D. Rubin and Todd M. Rubin.