Slain psychiatrist was a Kimball High School graduate

Photo of Ruth Ann Mardock via WFAA
Photo of Ruth Anne Mardock via WFAA

Dr. Ruth Anne Mardock, a psychiatrist who was killed by a patient at a mental hospital last week, was a Kimball High School graduate and the daughter of a prominent Oak Cliff doctor.

Mardock was attacked by a patient, Tony Cason, at Timberlawn Mental Health System in East Dallas on June 30. She died Saturday, July 2.

WFAA reports that the state attempted to close the 99-year-old privately owned mental health hospital earlier this year over safety concerns. The hospital was fined $1 million after a patient committed suicide there in December 2014.

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Mardock graduated from Kimball in 1971. She and her four siblings all graduated from Kimball and the University of Texas at Austin.

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Their dad was Julian Mardock, a Chinese American combat pilot who flew more than 100 missions in Europe during World War II. Julian Mardock had a medical office on Beckley near Overton for more than 30 years. The elder Mardock also served as a jail doctor for Dallas County, and he treated Jack Ruby during that service. He died in 2006.

Ruth Anne Mardock was a longtime psychiatrist who had worked for many years at Timberlawn, according to the TV news story.

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  • Smokey

    The Mardock family is a textbook example of successful emigrants. The family did well knowing thier success depended on them bringing something of value to contribute to America’s melting pot. Such a tragedy.