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Eric C. Rubin, 44; commercial real estate broker, D.C. booster

Thursday, February 25, 2010; B07

Eric C. Rubin, 44, a commercial real estate broker who wooed upscale retailers to the District, died Feb. 18 of heart disease at his home in McLean.

Mr. Rubin, a principal and founding member of the Madison Retail Group, established in 1999, was known for representing the 901 New York Avenue office building, the Cady's Alley home-furnishings and design shopping area, and the Jefferson at Penn Quarter mixed-use development.

He also helped major retailers expand in the District, including Lululemon Athletica, Ann Taylor, Williams-Sonoma and Brooks Brothers. He was working on a redevelopment project involving the Howard University Town Center before he died.

Eric Charles Rubin was a native of Tulsa, and he graduated from the University of Oklahoma, where he was president of his fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega.

In 1986, he interned for Sen. Donald L. Nickles (R-Okla.), and he returned to Washington the following year.

He worked in real estate for most of his career, first for Smithy Braedon and then for the Retail Group before helping to launch the Madison Retail Group.

He was a lifelong Oklahoma Sooners fan, and he enjoyed traveling, working in his garden and collecting military orders and medals, which he displayed in his house.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Martha Blue, and their two children, Madeleine Rubin and Alexander Rubin, all of McLean; his father, Arthur E. Rubin of Tulsa; and two brothers.

-- Patricia Sullivan

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