August 22, 2014

Lionel Israel Rebhun

Lionel Israel “Lenny” Rebhun, 76, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Born April 19, 1926, in New York City, he was the son of the late Samuel and Selma Rebhun; the husband of Mildred Rebhun; the father of the late Andrew Rebhun, Linda-Anne Rebhun, and Scott Jacobs-Rebhun; and the grandfather of Joshua Jacobs-Rebhun and Noah Jacobs-Rebhun. He is also survived by his brother, Dan Rebhun of McLean; sister, Rita Sharon of Washington, D.C.; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Dr. Rebhun was educated in public schools in New York City and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School before earning a Masters in Mathematics and a doctorate in Zoology from the University of Chicago. He served in the Navy during World War II. Over his long academic career as a professor of Biology, he taught at the University of Illinois Medical School and at Princeton University. At the University of Virginia, he was Commonwealth Professor of Biology from 1970 until his retirement in 1996. He taught and did research almost every summer at the Marine Biological Laboratories of Woods Hole, Mass., where he also served several terms on the board of trustees. He was the author of more than 130 scientific papers. He shared his enthusiasm for learning through his teaching, publishing, and laboratory work, trained students, and inspired many scientific colleagues.

Family and close friends treasure the memory of his delightful sense of humor and his affectionate appreciation for others. A memorial service will be held at noon Sunday the Hill & Wood Funeral Home, with rabbi Alexander officiating. The family will receive guests at home on Sunday and Monday. Internment will be private. The family suggests that donations be made in his name to any favorite charity. Hill & Wood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.