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Ruthie Premack, Office Manager

Mrs. Premack headed the San Antonio effort to start curbside recycling pickup. She was recognized for her efforts and honored at the White House by President George HW Bush in 1990 with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Award. See images and videos at the bottom of this page. 

Mrs. Premack earned her BS in Organizational Communication and Business Management from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981. Prior to working in her current role (since 1983) as Office Manager at The Premack Law Office, she worked as Personnel Director for a major US retailer.


She has been happily married to Paul Premack since 1981, and is the mother of Tiffany Premack (BS, State University of New York at Albany, 2007) and Benjamin Premack (BA & BS, Northeastern University, MIA and JD, Pennsylvania State University, 2013). 


Mrs. Premack initiated our participation in programs that have planted thousands of trees in the U.S. and Mexico. Currently, our office plants trees in honor of our clients through the Program called Forests For Monarchs ( In the past we have donated with Audubon, with the La Cruz Habitat Protection Project, with American Forests, and with other non-profit tree planting organizations.

After visiting the McDonald Observatory, Mrs. Premack became aware of the problem of light pollution. She became the local coordinator for the International Dark Sky Association ( , and after years of cooperative effort with Pete Gallegos and concerned citizens helped pass the Texas Dark Sky law. She also led the law office to sponsor a Dark Sky educational initiative at the McDonald Observatory (see "Our Community Initiatives"). Today many more stars are visible in the cities, and the picture improves yearly.

An early adopter of energy efficient technologies, Mrs. Premack converted the family car to electric power in the early 1990’s, a first for a full size fully electric car with electric seats, electric windows, electric air conditioning and air bags. She encouraged the family to adopt Toyota’s first generation Prius, and now drives a Tesla.

Mrs. Premack was a volunteer teacher for the wonderful program “Junior Achievement”. Although no longer teaching, her favorite classes to teach to middle-schoolers were “Personal Economics” and “Enterprise In Action”.

Mrs. Premack is an award-winning visual artist. Her work is on display in a variety of locations around the United States and has been in Galleries in New York, Nebraska, Colorado, and Osaka, Japan.  To visit the online museum of her art, click here.

Fun Fact: Ruthie is Certified as a Laughter Yoga Leader by the Madan Kataria Laughter Yoga Institute in India (her certification was awarded at a program in California). She led free Laughter Yoga sessions in San Antonio for 2 years (2012 -2014). The Express-News ran an article in November 2012 about the program.

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Ruthie and Lamar Smith, award 1990
Ruthie - Theodore Roosevelt Conservation
Ruthie Premack Recycling Sunday Woman ne
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