Ruth T. Prokop

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Ruth T. Prokop

Ruth Louise Timberlake Prokop, 79, of San Antonio, Texas, passed away at home on August 1, 2018. She was born in San Saba on May 30, 1939, to Anna Grace (Winslow) and Harry Timberlake.

Ruth attended and graduated from San Saba High School before moving to Washington, DC, where she completed her undergraduate studies and later received a law degree from George Washington University, one of only a few women in her class to do so. She was married to fellow student, John Andrew Prokop. They had one child and later divorced.

Ruth served in the Federal Government under three different Presidents: Kennedy, Johnson and Carter. Most notably, she was appointed as General Counsel of HUD (1977) and as Chairwoman of the Merit Systems Protection Board (1979) by President Carter. In 1981, Ruth returned to private practice, eventually starting her own firm, Prokop, Fortas & Hardman in Washington, DC. The focus of her practice was litigation, banking, business and regulatory law.

She returned to Texas in 2004, making San Antonio her final home. In truth, she never really slowed down. A vibrant and determined woman, she took on countless projects and was always willing to help out her neighbors, friends and family members.

Ruth is survived and greatly missed by her daughter, Kristina Prokop; son-in-law, Josh Kerbel; and granddaughter, Natalie; all of Arlington, VA; as well as her sister, Martha Williams of San Angelo, TX.

A memorial service will be held on October 12, 2019 at Grace Episcopal Church in Llano, Texas at 2:00 p.m. Light refreshments to follow the service. Donations to charity are requested in lieu of flowers.

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