Ralph Jerome Golub, Ph.D., 78, died January 26, 2015, in Houston, Texas, following a brief illness. Dr. Golub was born in Brooklyn, NY, on June 9, 1936. While attending Brooklyn College, from which he graduated in 1962, he worked full time as a police officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He obtained his doctorate in clinical psychology from Boston University in 1968 and then worked for more than thirty years at Veterans Administration hospitals, first in Brockton, Massachusetts, and later in Tampa, Florida. Active in community life, Dr. Golub was a founding member (and former President) of Congregation Beth Am in Tampa. He loved classical music and opera, and taught himself Italian to better appreciate his beloved Puccini. Before discovering an allergy to wasp stings, every year he created an enormous vegetable garden. In retirement he indulged in his passion for cooking. If not at the grocery store he would ordinarily be found perched on his stool between stove and kitchen island. Predeceased by his parents, Samuel and Pauline Golub, he is survived by Adrienne, his loving wife of 53 years; three children, Jennifer, Andrew (and wife Stefani) and Rebecca; two granddaughters, Danielle and Hannah; sister, Miriam Seeherman (of Virginia Beach, VA); and many other loving family members. A memorial service and burial will be held at the Congregation Beth Israel Memorial Gardens, 1101 Antoine, on Friday, January 30, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Rabbi Adrienne Scott will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Dr. Golub’s memory to Jewish Family Service of Houston (jfshouston.org) and The Friendship Circle of Houston (friendshiphouston.com).
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