Dr. Leroy William Dubeck (born March 1, 1939, in Orange, NJ) is a chess master and a chess politician and a retired Professor of Physics. He was president of the US Chess Federation (USCF) from 1969-1972. Dubeck also writes science fiction.
Dubeck is on the Faculty Committee of Temple University. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Rutgers University. He joined the Temple faculty in 1965, and retired in December 2012. He has served on dozens of senate, college and departmental committees including 15 years on the Faculty Senate Budget Review Committee, three years on the former Faculty Senate Research and Study Leaves Committee and served on the University Study Leaves Committee. He is the recipient of the Stauffer Award for service to Temple University.
He has been twice acting chair of the Physics Department and former Chair of the Collegial Assembly of Temple's College of Science and Technology. he is the author/co-author of six college textbooks and has been active in curricular improvements in science courses. He developed and teaches the only completely online course offered by the Physics Department. He has been the recipient of more than 20 grants, mostly from the National Science Foundation.
Dubeck was President of the United States Chess Federation from 1969 to 1972. He was instrumental in getting Bobby Fischer to play his match for the 1972 World Chess Championship against Boris Spassky, although the match took place after his term of office was over. A life member of the USCF, he is a former chair of USCF's Life Members Assets Committee, and a Trustee of the US Chess Trust.
At chess, he plays the Smith-Morra Gambit. He is rated 2324 by FIDE.