Wednesday, March 16, 1977

A Pianist Who Moved to Midtown For Safety Slain in 55th Street Lobby

Ernst Lubin, a 60-year-old pianist, composer and author who had moved his family from Washington Heights a month ago because one of his teenage sons had been repeatedly mugged, was robbed (wallet held $15) and fatally shot shortly after midnight yesterday in the lobby of his new residence at 204 West 55th Street.

After being wounded in the head, Mr. Lubin, a stocky man with thick gray hair, staggered across the lobby, through the adjoining door to the Woodward Hotel and collapsed in front of the night clerk. He was taken to St Clare’s Hospital, where he died some 17 hours later.

Recalling the assaults on their son Daniel, Mrs. Lubin said, “They once mugged him for an ice-cream cone.”

excerpt from NYT 3/16/77 Joseph Treaster

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