Emil Reubens was born in Russia on September 23, 1886. He was a master emeritus and USCF life director. He was a founding member of the United States Chess Federation. In June, 1973, he received a Master’s degree in business administration from Boston Univeristy in Massachusetts. He was the oldest person in the university’s history to obtain such a degree at age 86. He died on August 29, 1973 at the age of 86.