Max Rubin, the former director of facilities management for the City of Evanston, has died.

Rubin served in that position from 1978 until the position was eliminated in 2007 and completed his career with the city as emergency preparedness manager until his retirement in 2008.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says Rubin died today following a long battle with cancer.

As facilities director he was involved in numerous city construction projects, including oversight of construction of the Sherman Plaza garage and the long-running debate over whether to carry out various improvements to the Civic Center.

Rubin, a Navy veteran, coordinated emergency preparedness efforts for the city during his career in facilities management before being reassigned to the emergency preparedness role full time.

The emergency preparedness function since has been reassigned to the city’s fire department.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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