Louis C. "Bud" Rubens was born on November 9, 1919 in Escanaba, Michigan to the late John and Irene Rubens. He passed way in Midland on at the age of 94.
Bud was a Midland resident for 74 years and a renowned Dow Chemical Polymer Scientist and inventor with 58 patents to his credit. Bud received his AAS Degree from Jordan College in Menominee in 1939 and joined Dow Chemical in 1940. During his 46 year career with Dow he authored 26 technical papers, winning the "Best Paper Award" at the 20th Reinforced Plastics Technical and Management Conference in 1965, the "Outstanding Paper Award" for the Scientific Research Society in 1968, and the "Best Paper Award" at the Society of Plastics Engineers meeting in 1994. In 1979 he was awarded the H. H. Dow Medal for fundamental research and the German Fachverband Schaumkunstoffe Medal for pioneering research in 1979. In 1980 Bud was awarded the Saginaw Valley Patent Lawyer's "Fire of Genius" award for lifetime achievement and was named "Dow Inventor of the Year" in 1982. Bud served as the Chairman of the Gordon Research Conference on Cellular Materials in 1968 and he chaired the American Chemical Society Symposium on Foams in 1972. He received an "Outstanding Achievement Award" from the Society of Plastics Engineers in 1994 and a Dow Fabricated Products Department "Value Growth Special Award" in 2000.
Bud was also an Adjunct Professor at the Michigan Molecular Institute. He was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame in 2000 and won the Heroes of Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society that same year. Bud was well known at Dow, throughout the entire plastics industry, and in the Midland community as a brilliant and amazing pioneering scientist, mentor, and friend. Dow's former president and CEO, William Stavropoulos, said that Bud was a generous mentor. "Literally hundreds of Dow Scientists have benefitted from Bud's contributions of time, attention, and encouragement." He truly enriched the lives of all those with whom he came in contact. In terms of community service, Bud was extremely proud to be a long-time Rotarian. He served as President of the Midland Chapter during the formative years of Rotary's "Polio Plus" initiative to end this dreaded disease across the world. Moreover, for years he was the top ticket salesman for Rotary's Annual Pancake Breakfast.
Bud was predeceased by his wife, Jane; brother, Jack, and sister, Eileen Robinson. He is survived by his daughter, Jacqueline Brown and husband Bob; his son David Heminger and his wife Cindy; 3 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren and dear friend and significant other Nancy Richey.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2013 at Memorials Presbyterian Church followed by refreshments for attendees. A private interment service will take place graveside in the Midland City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Midland Rotary Foundation or the charity of your choice in Bud’s memory. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Directors.