Ruth Lutwack, 96, who served from 1974 to 1982 as mayor of the Prince George’s County community of University Park, died Oct. 24 at Autumn Assisted Living in Cockeysville, Md.
She had congestive heart failure, said her daughter, Penelope Fallon.
Mrs. Lutwack, a Republican, spent decades as a homemaker before embracing a life of civic activism through the University Park Women’s Club. She was club president before winning election as mayor.
She was defeated in her 1982 reelection bid, losing to Town Council member Harold B. Freeman, 468 to 180.
Ruth Vivian Taylor was born in Glastonbury, Conn. She settled in the Washington area around 1950.
She was a matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, a service organization. She was a past president of a University of Maryland club for spouses of faculty.
She served on the Prince George’s County zoning committee and unsuccessfully advocated against the Metro train system extending to the University Park area.
She moved to Towson, Md., from University Park in 2001.
Her husband of 62 years, Leonard Lutwack, an English professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, died in 2008.
Survivors include her daughter, Penelope Fallon of Lutherville, Md., and two grandchildren.
— Adam Bernstein