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Jack Rubley, Army communications officer

Jack Rubley, 86, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and communications officer who directed the White House communications apparatus during the Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson presidencies, died of complications from dementia Sept. 23 at the home of a daughter in Minneola, Fla.

His death was confirmed by a son, Rick Rubley.

Col. Rubley joined the Army in World War II and was a guard at the war crimes trials in Nuremberg, Germany. He was commissioned an officer in 1950 and later served as an infantry, signal corps and communications officer in Korea, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam.

As White House communications director, Col. Rubley was responsible for command and control communications for the president, the vice president and White House staff members.

He retired from the Army in 1970, and his decorations included two awards of the Legion of Merit.

After his military career, Col. Rubley joined the U.S. Information Agency, where he was a communications specialist for 21 years. He retired from USIA in 1991.

Jack Rubley was born in Nauvoo, Ala. A former Vienna resident, he moved to Florida in retirement. A year ago, he moved from Tampa to Minneola to live with his daughter.

His wife of 52 years, Bernice Johnson Rubley, died in 2000.

Survivors include five children, Carole Anne Lucas of Lakewood, Fla., Rick Rubley of Edgewater, Mark Rubley of Springfield, Kirk Rubley of Vienna and Melissa Rubley of Minneola; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes

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