Reuben was born on Friday the 13th of March 1992 in Harrisburg,Pennsylvania.

At the time of his death, Reuben was a junior at Colorado College. He studied philosophy, religion and political science and worked as an intramural sports supervisor. He loved playing club baseball and headed to the mountains to snowboard every chance he got. As a recipient of Colorado College’s generosity, he had the privilege of traveling to Greece to trace Odysseus’ journey as described in Homer’s epic poem. In the fall of 2012, he had began a study of International Relations and Multilateral Diplomacy in Geneva, Switzerland. Just as he had begun to embrace his role as a leader and to understand his responsibility as an independent citizen of the world, he suffered a sudden and catastrophic brain hemorrhage.

As a youth (and when was he not?) Reuben was again privileged to attend both Londonderry Private School and the Harrisburg Academy. He played on both the basketball and baseball teams, and served as student council president both his junior and senior years.Even as a young man, he was an accomplished writer, publishing a controversial opinion article in the Harrisburg Patriot-News as a Davenport Fellow in 2009. Reuben was also a National Merit Finalist.

Reuben was a camper, then a trusted counselor and leader at his beloved Emma Kaufman Camp in Morgantown,West Virginia.

What a simple biographical list of accomplishments can never do is portray the marvelous contradictions of an individual’s nature. Reuben was gloriously complicated. He was a true scholar; a thinker of thoughts and a connector of ideas. He was a true friend, considerate, loyal and fun. He was beautiful and brilliant and goofy and humble. And he was perfectly ordinary, normal and infuriating as well. He was 20 and on the cusp of life. Reuben was the boy you met and hoped your own son would grow up to be. He was the brother that you hoped your own children would have. He was gifted beyond the measure of words and we can only dream of all the lives he would have continued to touch had he also been gifted with a longer life.