Anthony Peter Rubino, a Baltimore County real estate developer and decorated World War II Navy air veteran, died Nov. 18 at Lorien Mays Chapel of complications from Parkinson’s and heart disease. The Towson resident was 95.
Born in New York City, he was the son of Vito Rubino and his wife, Mary Pietro.
He was a 1940 graduate of New Utrecht High School in Brooklyn. During World War II he enlisted in the Navy and was commissioned as an ensign.
In 1945 he joined a torpedo bomber squadron based on the aircraft carrier USS Belleau Wood in the Pacific. Piloting an Avenger aircraft, Mr. Rubino flew combat missions in Japan over the Yokosuka and Kure naval bases, targeting islands, bridges and railroad yards.
“He was on a combat mission over Japan when the radio announced the Japanese had surrendered and the war was over,” said his son, Michael Rubino of Mooresville, N.C.
He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one battle star and the American Campaign Medal.
He served in the Naval Reserves from 1946 to 1982. He achieved the rank of commander.
He used his GI Bill of Rights benefits to attend Sampson College, where he was a Golden Gloves boxer. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Syracuse University, where he was a member of the track and field team, competing in the 220- and 440-yard sprint events.
As a young man, Mr. Rubino worked at Starkweather & Co. in financial services on Wall Street and at Haskins & Sells, certified public accountants.
In 1953 Mr. Rubino moved to Maryland and joined his brother-in-law, Anthony “Tony” Sanzo, at the Sanzo-DeChiaro Companies, a construction firm his brother-in-law was running with Ralph DeChiaro.
Mr. Rubino was comptroller of the firm, which became DeChiaro Enterprises after the death of Mr. Sanzo.
“Tony Sanzo asked him come down and be the comptroller of his company,” said his son. “My father was a hands-on guy and worked six or seven days a week. He was tough and fair, and you wanted him on your side.”
Mr. Rubino initially lived in the Uplands and later moved to Shelley Road in the Campus Hills neighborhood in Towson, which his firm was developing. His family resided in the same home for nearly 60 years.
Mr. Rubino worked closely with his brother-in-law and Mr. DeChiaro in the real estate development industry building homes, apartments and commercial properties throughout Baltimore County. The firm also had interests in Florida and a project in the Dominican Republic.
He rose from comptroller to become vice president and junior partner. He retired from DeChiaro Enterprises in 1987.
Family members said Mr. Rubino worked to oversee the 1973 conversion of Towson Plaza from an open-air shopping center, built in 1952, to an enclosed mall.
“In 1982, he was again instrumental in the mall’s next major renovation that included the opening of Hecht’s department store,” his son said.
Mr. Rubino was also a member of the development team that laid out streets and built homes in the Ranchleigh section of Baltimore County off Old Pimlico Road. He similarly worked on the Campus Hills neighborhood on Goucher Boulevard.
He also had real estate development interests in Valley Crest and Dulaney Valley Apartments and Towers, the Villages of Queen Anne in Owings Mills, Pickwick Apartments in Baltimore County, Chadwick Manor Townhouse Apartments and the Chadwick Shopping Center in Woodlawn, Campus Cabana Swim Club and the Baltimore Travel Plaza in East Baltimore.
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In 1982, he founded the Rubino Partnership, a commercial real estate, land development and investment business which remains active today. He formerly owned the Alan Apartments in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and developed the Susquehanna Building in Towson with Clark MacKenzie and Associates. He also developed Oklahoma II, a housing development in Eldersburg.
Mr. Rubino remained interested in aviation and belonged to a 10-pin bowling league. He played softball and enjoyed card games.
He was an enthusiastic grandparent who attended his grandchildren’s sports games.
In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 67 years, Lois Becraft, a retired registered nurse; two other sons, Robert Rubino of Hunt Valley and Gerald Rubino of Baltimore; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.