Ms. Sybil Trubin passed away on November 3, 2013 at the age of 88 after a long bout with COPD. The last surviving daughter of Bernard "Barney" and Jennie Trubin and sister of Ruth and Charlotte Trubin, Sybil grew up in Rye, NY, where her father, a self-taught contractor built homes and apartments, named streets after his daughters and bought property including a gully which early on became known locally as "Barney's Folly" but eventually became the land where the New England Thruway and the Cross Westchester Parkway intersect.
Sybil majored in political science at the University of Wisconsin and was the president of the university theatrical group, the Wisconsin Players. Her first job in 1947 as a go-fer on the Broadway production of "Brigadoon" resulted in her being hired by its star, Marion Bell, and Marion's composer husband, Alan Jay Lerner. She later worked as a talent agent, at the production office of the City Center of Music and Drama, and at the production office of renowned Shakespearean actor and producer Maurice Evans. When in 1954 Sybil went on to produce her first season at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York City, the New York Times referred to her as "a young lady from Rye." That "young lady," with her partners Robert Merriman and Warren Enters with whom she shared life long friendships, produced 5 shows at the Cherry Lane and won the first Tony ever awarded to an off-Broadway organization for its presentations of among others, "The Way of the World" and "Thieves Carnival." In the mid 50's Sybil began her long association with stage and television director/producer George Schaefer, and in 1959 when George formed his own production company, Compass Productions, Sybil became its Vice President of Business Affairs--for over a decade, first as a talent consultant or in charge of casting and then supervising all business matters for Compass, Sybil was instrumental in the production of over 30 award-winning Hallmark Hall of Fame and other television productions.
After the closing of Compass Productions, during the late 70's and early 80's, Sybil became Vice President of Business Affairs for Quinn Martin's QM Productions, one of the largest independent suppliers of dramatic television series at the time, including "Streets of San Francisco" and "Barnaby Jones," and later held the same position at Lorimar before retiring in 1987. Following her retirement, Sybil, a life long and passionate political liberal volunteered at the office of California State Senator and Assembly person Tom Hayden and at the Santa Monica Public Library.
At the request of George Schaefer, Sybil came out of retirement to supervise the clearance and arrange for the television syndication and first home video release of 10 of the classic Hallmark Hall of Fame shows which had been produced during the "Golden Age of Television."
Sybil was a renaissance woman--interested and knowledgeable in business, politics, the arts and almost everything else, incredibly organized and efficient, with unlimited energy, enthusiasm and optimism. Her abiding belief in fairness and justice kept the words "no" and "can't" out of her vocabulary.
She graduated from college when few women attended college; she went back to college to get trained as an accountant when few women became accountants; she was the head of business affairs at television production companies when few women were involved in television business affairs or production--and she did so with an accounting background when business affairs was almost exclusively the province of lawyers.
Sybil will be remembered for her ability to light up any gathering and her gift for enduring friendships--they don't make them like Sybil any more. "Aunt Sybil" as she was affectionately called is survived by her nieces and nephews, Jennifer (and Charles) Graham, Liz (and Lance) Sussman, Bruce (and Anne) Zeller, Peter (and Nickie) Zeller, Bernie (and Joyce) Bogrow, Jan (and John) Fleder and Michael (and Moira) Bogrov and their families, by her surrogate niece and nephew, Jeanna Michaels and Steve Katz, and by friends all over the country.