Robert Ruskin, education consortium official

June 27, 2013

Robert S. Ruskin, who worked for the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area and directed a program that matches graduate students with mentors in research laboratories nationally, died June 16 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington County. He was 67.

The cause was complications from heart valve surgery, said his wife, Rebecca Ruskin.

Dr. Ruskin was a psychology professor and department chairman at Georgetown University before joining the nonprofit consortium in 1981. He developed its research fellows program, and many of the students involved received doctorates and went on to careers with the Defense Department.

Until recent years, Dr. Ruskin was also chief assessor at the University of Maryland University College’s National Leadership Institute, a continuing-education program for managers.

Robert Sterling Ruskin was born in Washington and raised in Hillcrest Heights. He was a 1963 graduate of Suitland High School and a 1967 graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Md. He received a doctorate in psychology from West Virginia University in 1971.

He was an Alexandria resident and a charter fellow of what is now the Association for Psychological Science.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Rebecca Wilson Ruskin of Alexandria; a son, Brant Ruskin of Warrenton; a stepmother, Louise Ruskin of Springfield; and a sister.

— Adam Bernstein