Longtime UTPA finance professor passes away
Contact: Office of University Relations 956/381-2741
Posted: 02/14/2008
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The University of Texas-Pan American College of Business Administration and the entire University community were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of longtime educator and friend Dr. Jerry Prock, professor of finance. Prock, who had recently retired, passed away in his sleep Feb. 12, at his home in Bedford, Texas.

- Dr. Jerry Prock

"He was a wonderful person and was respected by students and faculty alike. We will miss him but I know that he will continue to live in the hearts and minds of all of us who knew him during his years of dedicated service to this University," said Interim Dean Dr. Teo Ozuna, who also worked in the Department of Economics and Finance with Prock.

Prock, 70, served the College of Business Administration and UTPA for 26 years, joining the finance faculty in 1981 with the rank of professor. During his tenure with the University, he served as chair of the Marketing, Finance and International Business Department from 1986-1993; as interim dean from 1993-1995; and as director of the MBA program from 2000-2007. Upon his retirement in 2007, he left the Rio Grande Valley and moved to the Dallas area.

He received his Ph.D. in Finance from Arizona State University-Tempe in 1970, a M.Ed. in Business Administration in 1961 and a Bachelor in Business Administration in Finance in 1960 from East Texas State College in Commerce, Texas.

In addition, he wrote numerous articles, book chapters and books in his area of study, and was a member of numerous boards including the Editorial Review Board for The International Trade Journal, 1989-present; the Board of Directors for the Edinburg Teachers Credit Union, 1996-present; the Editorial Review Board Appraisal Review & Mortgage Underwriters, 1985-1998; and was a co-owner of Country Radio Seminar, 1972-1978.

A memorial service is scheduled for Prock at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, in Colleyville, Texas at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, 5725 Colleyville Boulevard, Colleyville, Texas 76034.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joyce Huffman Prock, a former UTPA employee; son, Erik and wife, Hope Dodson, of St. Louis, Mo.; daughter, Leslie Prock Norton and husband, Andrew Norton, of Keller; granddaughters, Jaylyn Norton and Carmen Binder; grandson, Truman Binder; father, C.J. Prock of Young, Ariz.; and sister, Barbara Smith of Lewisville.

The College of Business Administration plans to honor Prock's memory with a memorial service later this month. Please contact the College of Business Administration Dean's Office at 956/381-3311 for details about the service.

A guest book to send condolences to his family is available at