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Arthur D. Dubin (1923-2011) | Lake Forest College Archives and Special Collections

Name: Arthur D. Dubin (1923-2011)
Variant Name: Dubin, Art; Dubin, Arthur
Fuller Form: Dubin, Arthur D. (Arthur Detmers)


Historical Note:

Architect and railroad travel authority Arthur D. Dubin is the son of architect Henry Dubin, brother of architect David Dubin, and father of architect Peter Dubin.  After beginning college to study architecture at the University of Michigan, he was drafted in 1942 and then sent from Louisiana by early 1943 to Lake Forest College, a few stops from his Highland Park, Illinois home, to study in the Army Special Training Program there. Teaching architectural drafting at Lake Forest then was the Yale-Harvard-Ecole-trained architect Knight C. Cowles.  By early 1944 Dubin was on his way to the Pacific theater where he was decorated (Bronze Star, Purple Heart) for his efforts in the campaigns at Leyte in the Philippines and on Okinawa. After the war he finished his work at Michigan and then joined the family firm in Chicago.   

is best known for his two standard histories of America's high-speed, through de luxe trains, Some Classic Trains (Kalmbach, 1964) and More Classic Trains (Kalmbach, 1974) as well as for his contributions to Kalmbach periodicals Trains and Classic Trains.  He is also known for his formidable collection of railroad books, photographs and other material amassed since his boyhood in  1930s Chicago and elsewhere (Seattle, San Francisco, New York, etc.  These collections have provided illustrations fro generations of authors of books on railroad travel topics, from Lucius Beebe in the 1950s to michael Zega and John Gruber in the 1990s.




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