Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 05:19:16 :
Thursday, February 28, 1980
ROBERT H. PRATHER
Robert H. Prather, 65, of San Geronimo, a former Tamalpais High School principal and longtime Tamalpais Union High School District employee, was dead on arrival at Ross General Hospital early this morning.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Russell & Gooch Funeral Chapel in Mill Valley.
A native of Ukiah, he moved to Fairfax with his family as a young boy.
He graduated from Tamalpais High School in 1932, attended the College of Marin and graduated from San Francisco State University in 1938 with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He obtained a teaching credential from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in pupil personnel from San Francisco State.
Prather married Barbara Smith Prather in 1938. The couple had met at the College of Marin.
He began teaching science and photography at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley in 1944, transferring to Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo in the early 1950s, where he was a science teacher and counselor for six or seven years.
Prather then worked at the district’s three high schools as an attendance officer or, as he called himself, a “hooky cop.”
He was principal of Tamalpais High School from 1962 to 1969. After a sabbatical leave, he established the Career Guidance Center at Redwood High School, where he worked as a counselor until retiring in 1975.
Prather was an elder at Saint Andrew United Presbyterian Church in Marin City and belonged to the San Geronimo Valley Community Presbyterian Church, the Marin Barber Shop Chorus, the Marin Council of Community Services, the Marin Mental Health Center in Ross, Sleepy Hollow Homes Association and the Mill Valley Rotary Club.
He also was a member of the Institute of Cultural Affairs, based in Chicago.
Prather had lived in San Rafael, Sleepy Hollow and Larkspur as well as Marin City for 13 years before moving to San Geronimo last August.
Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Hale Prather of Marin City; two daughters, Nancy Johnson of Santa Maria and Margaret Krauss of Lorimor, Iowa; his mother, Caroline Prather of Citrus Heights, Sacramento County; two sisters (sic), Ernestine Prather of Citrus Heights.
Friday, February 29, 1980
ROBERT H. PRATHER
Memorial services for Robert H. Prather, 65, of San Geronimo, a former Tamalpais High School principal and longtime Tamalpais Union High School District employee, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Saint Andrew United Presbyterian Church in Marin City.
He died Thursday.
The family prefers contributions to the Saint Andrew’s landscape fund. Burial will be private.
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